The Upper Room devotional reflection for Saturday, August 20, 2022, comes to us from Carol Elaine Harrison of Saskatchewan, Canada.

3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. 5 For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ. 6 If we are distressed, it is for your comfort and salvation; if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which produces in you patient endurance of the same sufferings we suffer. 7 And our hope for you is firm, because we know that just as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our comfort.

2 Corinthians 1:3-7 NRSV



My glass-front cabinet holds intriguing items, and each one has a story to go with it. Some of the pieces also catch the attention of toddlers and crawling babies, and I enjoy watching their reactions when they plaster their faces or fingers against the glass. After the parents take their little one’s home, I often forget to clean the glass. Later, when the sun shines or a bright indoor light on the glass, I see the fingerprints all over it.

The fingerprint evidence left behind for me to find later makes me think of my life. When I am in the middle of difficult times, it is easy to overlook God’s fingerprints and involvement in my life. I sometimes question if God hears my prayers, sees my pain, or cares about my circumstances. Later, when God’s light shines in, I can look back and see that God has been there all along offering guidance, comfort, and walking beside me each step of the way.



One of the many reasons I chose to be United Methodist is our theology of grace. Methodists believe in what is known as prevenient (pre-existing) grace. Prevenient grace is given to us by God, from the moment we are born, to usher us toward relationship with God. Much like the fingerprints upon Carol’s cabinet, God’s imprint can be seen on us and in us. As we lean toward and heed God’s guiding presence, God’s imprint becomes more visible, God’s prevenient grace more evident, and our lives more enriched.

--Pastor Anthony


Dear God, thank you for the guidance and comfort that you give us along each step of life’s journey. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

--Carol Elaine Harrison

Prayer Focus:

Someone struggling to feel God’s love

Thought for the day:

I can see evidence of God’s love for me everywhere.