2021.04.26 Daily Devotional
The Upper Room devotional reflection for Monday, April 26, 2021 comes to us from Helder Moises Mangumo of Maputo Mozambique
Isaiah 49:14-16 14 But Zion said, “The Lord has forsaken me, my Lord has forgotten me.” 15 Can a woman forget her nursing child, or show no compassion for the child of her womb? Even these may forget, yet I will not forget you. 16 See, I have inscribed you on the palms of my hands; your walls are continually before me.
John 11:35 (NRSV) Jesus began to weep
“Call on God”
When we said goodbye to my sister at the airport, we had no idea the difficulties she would face. She was young and had chosen a medical course at a boarding school. And it is never easy to live far from family and friends.
She often called our mother to cry, saying that she wanted to quit the course. But our mother and I gave her what strength and encouragement we could. I had also attended boarding school, so I knew how difficult it can be to cry and not have a shoulder to lean on.
After more than eight years, I was glad to see my sister dressed in her graduation gown and our mother dancing and singing songs of jubilation. I thought back to the many times our mother wept from seeing her daughter almost undernourished because of her study schedule.
Sometimes as we go through difficulties we feel that our whole life will be hard. But just as my sister called us to cry over her fears, I have learned that we can also call on God. Through prayer we can share our struggles with God and find relief from any situation. Regardless of the difficulties we face, God always holds our hand.
Prayer Focus: Young People far from Home.
Prayer: Dear God, thank you for listening to our prayers in times of difficulty. In your Son’s name we pray. Amen.
Thought for the Day: Prayer can lighten my burdens and bring me peace.
— Helder Moises Mangumo
This story has touched me particularly in this time, because so much of what we want to offer as a congregation is very difficult, simply because of our pandemic isolation and day-to-day uncertainty. I confess that sometimes I feel overwhelmed and discouraged.
Also, I can relate because I did go away to seminary in Chicago for about a year, leaving my family in Michigan. It was very difficult for all of us; still we accomplished our goals and I was able to return to serve as a pastor.
Helder Moises Mangumo’s reminds me/us that, just like God sustained my family through that seminary journey, God is holding my/our hands as we work to share God’s love with the world around us.