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"Far Off?" - March 23, 2020


Life has changed dramatically for all of us. Less than a week ago the premier of Ontario declared a state of emergency in the province which included restricting people from meeting in groups of 50 or more. Since then recommended group size restrictions seem even tighter with all but essential proximity to another person endorsed. Our newly learned practices of social distancing, self-isolation and sheltering in place contribute to very real feelings of disconnect. Simple physical separation has consequences

In Psalm 10, the poet asks,

“Why, Lord, do you stand far off?

            Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble?’”

In the context in which we are now living, we may especially feel that God is far off. Like the Psalm writer we can be honest about those feelings. We can acknowledge strong feelings of disconnect and separation.

However, we don’t have to stay stuck there indefinitely. Without denying or sugarcoating our struggles or those of others, we can ask God’s Spirit to move us to a place of trust like this same poet does in verse 17, “You, Lord, hear the desire of the afflicted; you encourage them, and you listen to their cry.”

Encourage yourself and someone else today with the good news that God listens.

PRAYER ENCOURAGEMENT: Lord, we know we can be totally honest with you. Lord, help us to trust that you hear us. Amen