by Kenneth Justice
~ This past weekend my 21 year old cousin died. He was one of the nicest kids I ever knew. The funeral is today and I couldn’t help but wake up this morning in tears. I can’t even imagine what my Uncle and Aunt are going through, to lose a child at such a young age.
The drive to coffee this morning was abysmal, it was difficult to keep my eyes focused on the road as thoughts of my cousin ran through my head.
I turned the radio on in the hope of drowning out my sorrow momentarily in order to keep focused on the road. I started to zone out until the NEWS station turned their attention to the awful tragedy in Pakistan, “Religious extremists broke into a school, poured gasoline on a teacher and lit her on fire and shouted, ‘God is great’ as she screamed and died, the children were forced to watch and afterwards more than a hundred of the children were shot and murdered” said the reporter.
Where is God in the midst of all this sh*t?
I’m reminded of the Psalmist’s words, “Why do you hide your face from me O Lord?”
In some way I feel like it would be easier to abandon my faith in the midst of tragedy, to simply turn a blind eye to all the sadness in the world and live only for myself.
“For my soul is full of troubles,
And my life draws near to Sheol.
I am counted among those who go down to the pit;
I am a man who has no strength
Psalm 88 is one of the saddest ever written. While many of the Psalms begin with tragedy in the beginning, they usually end with some measure of hope as you draw near to the end….not Psalm 88. It is an agonizing prayer of the troubled.
—) There are no rosy cheerful moments sprinkled throughout
—) There is no fake smile plastered in the middle
—) There is nothing but sorrow and pain
The final sentence bites to the core, “You (God) have caused my beloved and my friend to shun me; my companions have become darkness”
Sometimes there is no reason as to why tragedy occurs. Sometimes there is no word of hope to give the sorrowful. Sometimes there is nothing we can do but cry.
And that is okay……
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