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Psalm 88: Praying When Hoping is Hard

O LORD, God of my salvation, I cry out day and night before you. Let my prayer come before you; incline your ear to my cry! Psalm 88:1-2


You have caused my beloved and my friend to shun me; my companions have become darkness. Psalm 88:18


These verses bookend the cry of Heman the Ezrahite, the cry of the afflicted man. We expect, as the Psalms have trained us thus far, that at the end of this exasperated, barely-breathed lament that there will be some kind of conclusion, some denouement that gently replaces each fallen stone of this poor man’s life. But that’s not what we find. We find that he is forsaken – by his beloved, by his friends. The only companion he has left is the darkness in which he is drowning. Continue reading

Loving Mercy

I woke up this morning.

I know that sounds pretty obvious. But I’ve found throughout my life that it’s usually the obvious things that need to be looked into. This morning I woke up, I ate breakfast, drank my coffee, got in the shower, and now here I am, sitting and writing this in a nice room, unhurried, unmolested, quiet.

What first comes to mind when I peruse deeper into these facts isn’t, like the lines touted on some commercial for WorldVision or other philanthropic endeavor: “Here you are in splendor, while so many in the world have nothing.” That’s true. It bears thought. But I don’t think this is where we need to begin if we’re going to mine this experience for the gold we may find in it. Continue reading