is God When Life Hurts?
By Mary Lindow
On a wall in a cellar in Köln, Germany, where Jews had hidden from the Nazis, an inscription
was written by an anonymous author:
“I believe in the sun even when it is not shining.
I believe in love even when not feeling it.
I believe in God
even when he is silent.”
People of faith observe a world in which every trace of God seems to have vanished; we ask why we’ve been forsaken, yet we still obey.
We find ourselves climbing mountain slopes of increasing difficulty.
We prepare ourselves for times when God seems absent.
writes, “The story in which God does His saving work arises among a people whose primary experience of God is His absence.”
People think of Hell as fire and brimstone. Hell is the complete,
total absence of God.
This is what Jesus suffered upon the Cross. He cried out in spiritual agony, “My God, why have You forsaken Me?”
endured separation from the Father so that we might not.
Like the Jewish nation in Egypt, we’re living in the middle of in a prolonged period of silence.
Yet God has left us 2 visible, tangible signs: the Bread and Cup of Communion. May our coming together to The LORD’s Table bring us comfort and encouragement.
Where is God when life hurts?
He is present in the bodies of His people.
O Lord, You who gives us beginnings also gives an end–a
rest for broken things too broken to mend.
Bring us to find our rest in You, in a fallen world, on an uncharted course, towards an unknown future.
Your grace we pray, Amen.
In His Shadow,
By Mary Lindow ©
” THE MESSENGER ” ~ Mary Lindow