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“In All Circumstances”

The Upper Room devotional reflection for Thursday, April 28, 2022 comes to us from Henry L. Childress of Arkansas

1 Ascribe to the Lord, you heavenly beings, ascribe to the Lord glory and strength. 2 Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name; worship the Lord in the splendor of his holiness. 3 The voice of the Lord is over the waters; the God of glory thunders, the Lord thunders over the mighty waters. 4 The voice of the Lord is powerful; the voice of the Lord is majestic. 5 The voice of the Lord breaks the cedars; the Lord breaks in pieces the cedars of Lebanon. 6 He makes Lebanon leap like a calf, Sirion[2] like a young wild ox. 7 The voice of the Lord strikes with flashes of lightning. 8 The voice of the Lord shakes the desert; the Lord shakes the Desert of Kadesh. 9 The voice of the Lord twists the oaks and strips the forests bare. And in his temple all cry, "Glory!" 10 The Lord sits enthroned over the flood; the Lord is enthroned as King forever. 11 The Lord gives strength to his people; the Lord blesses his people with peace. Psalm 29:1-11 NIV


“In All Circumstances”

Spending the night with my 92-year-old dad in his hospital room was a hectic experience. Between temperature checks, blood pressure checks, the noise of the ventilator tubes, medication alarms, and nurses taking blood samples, I realized I would not get much sleep. Dad was diagnosed with congestive heart failure and fluid was building up around his lungs, making it hard for him to breathe. As I watched him lying in bed laboring to breathe in the early morning hours, I realized that I had forgotten my nightly prayers. I began to pray for Dad’s recovery.

I praised God for Dad’s 92 years of life and for all the years I have had with him. Immediately I felt a sense of calm in the midst of all the noise and activity. Sometimes we get so caught up in the frenetic activity of life that we forget to pray and praise God for what God has done in us and through us. When we find ourselves overwhelmed by the frenzy, we do well to recall Paul’s words: “Pray without ceasing, give thanks in (not for) all circumstances.”


Friends –

Recent life experiences have led me to reflect that hospitalization is at least as difficult for loved ones as it is for the patient. It seems to me that between trying to understand all the medical information while worrying about the health of a beloved patient can be overwhelming at best. Henry L. Childress reminds us that, even when we are facing these overwhelming challenges, it is crucial to remember to lean on God through prayer, praise, and thanksgiving.

--Pastor bea


Almighty and merciful God, help us always to make time for you, no matter how noisy and hectic our days become. Thank you for the peace you give us when we spend time with you. Amen.

--Henry L. Childress

Prayer Focus:

Those who are hospitalized

Thought for the Day:

I won’t let the confusion of life keep me from communion with God.


Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (NRSV)

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