Sunday, March 23, 2008

The absense of God

There are times in life when we don't feel the presence of God in our lives. Sometimes it's a long while and sometimes a short period. The fact that we still seek God in spite of this is a good sign that his Spirit is actually still with us for we don't seek God when we are not living in the Spirit.

Even Mother Theresa wrote about the absence of God. A dedicated servant of God living with the poor and dying of Calcutta. But she is far from the only saint who lived int he darkness.

This Easter I've been reflecting on what Christ's example to us is and how we should learn from it. I've also looked at the Tenebrae - the darkness faced while Christ was removed from the world. The Disciples faced this darkness when Jesus was crucified as they didn't know the ending we did (even though Jesus told them several times).

Likewise, David wrote about this darkness in Psalm 22
My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
Why are you so far from saving me,
so far from the words of my groaning?
O my God, I cry out by day, but you do not answer,
by night, and am not silent.
But amidst his cries of despair he's got hope for he knows the God he serves is mighty and just.
Yet you are enthroned as the Holy One;
you are the praise of Israel.
In you our fathers put their trust;
they trusted and you delivered them.
They cried to you and were saved;
in you they trusted and were not disappointed.
I do recommend you read the whole psalm, it is a powerful one.

What I'm learning is that even when we're not filled with enthusiasm about our faith, we do know the ending so we should have an even more hopeful outlook than David. Getting back to the Disciples, they were crushed and dispirited upon the crucifixion of Christ, but when they learned the ending, when Jesus appeared to them in the upper room, they were filled with hope, and they were obedient to death. Martyrs (witnesses) for Christ through spreading the Gospel of Peace and living His example of perseverance in the face of persecution, of love in the face of spite. I cannot say there is no place for despair, but always in the middle of trials we should be sure of our hope in Christ.

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