Lessons From the Letters

Beauty From the Ashes

Support through prayer

There is so much uncertainty and anxiety today. The world has been plunged into an unprecedented health pandemic and we are all affected. Some of the most moving and inspirational anecdotes are coming from our bible study groups. We hear stories of isolation, loneliness, and concern. But, we also see moments of strength, prayer, and support.

Beauty from the Ashes is a collection of thoughts, moments, and inspirations we've received during these difficult times. The "beauty" we see tells us that our trust in the Lord -- through prayer -- is needed now, more than ever.

Tell us your Beauty From the Ashes story:

Joyful Joyful We Adore Thee
By Rotterdams Philharmonisch Orkest
Gratefulness
One person reported: "I am filled with an abundance of gratitude. I am thankful to have a roof over my head and food to eat. I am grateful for family and friends who call me."
Connections
Another Bible study friend said, "I have talked with family members with whom I have not spoken in years. It has been a blessing to reconnect with them."
Family
This Text message: My daughter came to Asheville from the city last week. In five days, she will have finished her 14 day self-quarantine and we can eat together face to face. I cannot wait to cook for her and enjoy eating with her.
Solidarity
News clip: At exactly 7:00pm on Friday and Saturday evening, thousands of New Yorkers in quarantine stood on their porches and near their windows to applaud first responders and health care workers on the frontlines of the coronavirus outbreak. This powerful act of solidarity, which lasted several minutes, came about after a call on social media to #clapbecausewecare.
Support
A nurse in North Carolina has started a prayer and scripture reading at 7:00pm each night to recognize and support medical professionals.
Appreciation
A mother's crown of beauty from the ashes has been picture of her walk with her twin granddaughters as they gathered flowers for their mother.
Being GratefulI am grateful for the spring flowers and trees blooming right now reminding me that even in the chaos of our world, nature is constant and God is sovereign. I stand in awe and know in that moment, I am OK.
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