Hope deferred makes the heart sick…
An anxious heart weighs a man down…
Each heart knows its own bitterness..
Even in laughter the heart may ache, and joy may end in grief.
A happy heart makes the face cheerful, but heartache crushes the spirit.
The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.
(Proverbs: 13.12, 12.25, 14.10, 14.13, 15.13, 18.10)
When I am afraid, I will trust in you. In God whose word I praise, in God I trust; I will not be afraid. …Record my lament; list my tears on your scroll – are they not in your record?
…then Job replied: “If only my anguish could be weighed and all my misery be placed on the scales! it would surely outweigh the sand of the seas – no wonder my words have been impetuous….Oh, that I might have my request, that God would grant what I hope for, that God would be willing to crush me, to let loose his hand and cut me off! Then I would still have this consolation – my joy in unrelenting pain – that I had not denied the words of the Holy One..What strength do I have, that I should still hope? What prospects, that I should be patient?
No one hears your voice when you scream in a storm;
No one sees your tears when you weep in a storm;
Just you, and the storm; wind and rain battering the body, relentlessly demanding your full attention in the moment. Be here, Be now, Be this uprising of the elements..just BE
Those blessed moments of release from impossible tension, when the physical demands absorb every ounce of attention and for a brief minute the agonising load which is crushing the spirit and tormenting the mind is forgotten..
Tonight, I gave thanks for the storm, as I stood on the hill fighting to keep my feet, with the rain driven in stinging, life affirming blows into my face. No one else would be out; no one to see my distress, or hear my cries..just me and the Lord who sent the storm to hide me and bring me out to walk with him in the darkness, under his wild skies.
I do not understand why I am in this pain; no doubt I am partly responsible for it..but Lord, I feel I have been carrying this burden for so long; years of doing what I thought was your will in this situation, and feeling ever more hopeless that there could be a better way. Have I been asking too much? Have I been missing your ways…or is this really your perfect will for the rest of my time on earth?
Forgive my wild words, and remember that I am but dust, frail and feeble, and full of sin. Remember your servant Job, Lord, and the psalmists and the prophets, who all brought their overflowing cups of woe to your feet, and poured them out there. Surely this is the only safe thing to do with my lament, the only safe place to pour out the truth of the bitterness in my heart?
At your feet, in your presence, where even through my cries and lamentation, I hear your voice saying words of tender love and know your close presence to comfort me. I want to come home tonight, to be rid of this burden. But I know that it is not time yet, there are things here that I know you would have me do..Where can I find strength to carry on, where find hope?
I am a frightened, lonely, and near-despairing child. Lord have mercy upon me..
You are the Lord of the universe; your love never fails, and all your will for me is good and right – I know this. But right now, I don’t understand.
What is the right thing for me to be doing? Go on as before? Or what….? O Lord, have mercy, have mercy upon me, a sinner; upon me, your daughter; upon this child for whom Christ died, and who longs only to live in a way that glorifies his name.. What does that look like for me today, what is my path in this darkness?
The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned….
Let your light shine upon me…lead me in your truth…may the life you give me, be lived always and only to your glory…