Bible Society of Nigeria

Remembering God’s Love In Times of Distress

You can choose the exercise you prefer, or do both.

Exercise: Where is God?

You reflected on the effects that COVID-19 may have on others and considered what the most difficult thing about this situation is for yourself. Now take some time to reflect about God in this crisis.

You will need blank paper and some markers.

  1. Get quiet inside. Reflect on where you feel God has been in this crisis for you. What images come to mind?
  2. Divide your paper in half. On one half, draw whatever comes to mind for you. Let the drawing happen without thinking about it too much. This is just to express how you feel, not a test of your ability to draw. You may find that God is completely absent: that’s okay.
  3. Read or listen to Romans 8:38–39 and take some time in silence to meditate on it:

For I am certain that nothing can separate us from his love: neither death nor life, neither angels nor other heavenly rulers or powers, neither the present nor the future, neither the world above nor the world below—there is nothing in all creation that will ever be able to separate us from the love of God which is ours through Christ Jesus our Lord.

  1. On the other half of your paper, draw where you feel God is now.
  2. Reflect on your two drawings. Share with others if you are comfortable doing so, or journal your reflections.

Exercise: Live Picture

You need at least one other person to do this exercise.

  1. Read or listen to Romans 8:38–39 and take some time in silence, letting the words sink in:

For I am certain that nothing can separate us from his love: neither death nor life, neither angels nor other heavenly rulers or powers, neither the present nor the future, neither the world above nor the world below—there is nothing in all creation that will ever be able to separate us from the love of God which is ours through Christ Jesus our Lord.

  1. In small groups or in pairs, decide which part of the passage is most meaningful to you. Take about 10 minutes and create a scene with your bodies that gives a snapshot of that part of the passage.
  2. Perform your live picture for the others, or have someone take a photo or video of it. Hold the pose for at least 30 seconds.
  3. Discuss these questions:
  1. Did anything in the passage become clearer to you through this exercise? Explain.
  2. Did anything in this passage give you comfort or hope? Explain.

Kindly forward your responses to:

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