The Upper Room Devotional 29 June 2022 | Hollow Trees

The Upper Room Devotional 29 June 2022 | Hollow Trees

The Upper Room Devotional 29 June 2022 | Hollow Trees

Read and Meditate on Today’s The Upper Room Daily Devotional 29th June 2022, written by Susan Wakefield Dal Porto. God bless you!


Today’s Topic: Hollow Trees
Susan Wakefield Dal Porto (Illinois, USA)

Galatians 6:1-5

God encourages me to share my burdens with others.

Bear one another’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. – Galatians 6:2 (NRSV)

One sunny autumn afternoon, my adult son and I hiked through a local forest. We stopped at a tree that had a large hollow near the ground. When I stuck my head inside the hollow, my son cautioned that animals might be living in there; but it was completely empty. We were amazed that even with its core missing, the outer part of the tree remained strong.

Similarly, even when people appear stable and strong, they may have a broken heart or troubled soul. One Sunday our pastor invited us to pray with someone near us. I was sitting next to a woman with whom I frequently have casual conversations, and I asked if she needed prayer. Her face crumpled in pain as she said, “Pray for my daughter — for our relationship.” It was a rare moment of vulnerability when a private heartbreak was revealed.

People I cross paths with each day may be like hollow trees. I am rarely given a chance to peer into the hollow and offer grace or support. Further, I am rarely vulnerable enough to reveal my own hurts and heartbreaks to others. But as part of God’s love for us all, God encourages us to look into the hollows in ourselves and others and to respond with love.

Dear God, help us to bear one another’s burdens — to give others a space to reveal their hurts and concerns, and to trust enough to reveal our burdens to others. Amen.

People who are struggling silently

The Upper Room Devotional 29 June 2022 | Hollow Trees

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