So many people have had their plans changed as this virus has impacted travel all over the world and called for social distancing practices. Big trips have been canceled: first family vacations and once-in-a-lifetime trips that have been saved for and planned for months or even years. Special anniversary trips, honeymoons and family visits have been indefinitely postponed. New babies won't be snuggled by relatives. Birthdays will be celebrated differently.
But we remember God's words:
"...I will fulfill to you my promise and bring you back to this place. For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope."
(Jeremiah 29: 10-11)
Our lives look so different right now as our plans have changed in every way. But if we believe God to be in control of the world, and we believe Him to be a good Father, we know this will not be in vain.
Lord, help us to trust you. Help us to let go of our bitterness over our changed plans and to lean on you for comfort.
This space can be a corner, a shelf or a whole room, but establish a place to focus for prayer.
Collect some of your religious art, gather those prayer cards, put out some candles - whatever you're able to do to make the space intentionally prayerful.
If you already have a prayer space, add or take away something to refocus your attention.