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Jesus said, “I am the vine you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing” (John 15:5).

Have you felt inadequate in accomplishing something God has called you to do? I have often felt overwhelmed by an enormous project or service. One of the hardest things for me to do was serving as a hospital chaplain, because I never knew what was on the other side of the door. I spent time in prayer out in my car asking God to empower me to meet and pray with patients. I said to God, “I cannot do this unless you go with me.” He heard that simple prayer.

I grew to love my visits and cherished times of worship in a hospital room. The Bible on my phone and hymns on YouTube were valuable tools to me. With God as my partner, I became a beacon of light and hope. His love flowed through me, and I have missed serving during the COVID isolation. I think of the doctors and nurses who appreciate the chaplain’s service. I think of the patients who desperately need positive connections.


It is hard to reach out to the hurting people when we are isolated, but I have found this blog to be a way to encourage readers. When you feel overwhelmed, inadequate or like you just can’t go on, call out to God. Abide in Him and He will abide in you. He does that through a relationship with you. He talks to you through His word, teaching you how to think and live for Him, and you talk to Him in prayer. Pray about everything that concerns you knowing He cares for you: “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you” (1 Peter 5:7).


Prayer: Heavenly Father, comfort your people during these hard times. Many are suffering. Many feel that you have forgotten them. O Lord, reveal yourself to them. In Jesus’ name, Amen.