Suffering…where have you seen it? Where have you experienced it?
“Be merciful to me, my God, for my enemies are in hot pursuit; all day long they press their attack.”Psalms 56:1 NIV
Suffering is all around us. Either in our own lives or in the lives of those we love. King David knew suffering. All we have to do is read psalms to see the agony and suffering of David. His words to God were honest and raw. They were a true testament to his desire to be honest with his God and his belief that there was a God listening. Even more important…a God who cared.
As I have worked with families through the loss of a loved one, suffering is the exact word to describe the grief and pain they feel in that time. So many of us want to be able to say the words…bring the right meal…send the perfect card…or give the most meaningful gift that will ease the suffering. However, suffering is rarely relieved so easily.
Healing from suffering takes time and intentionality. It takes honesty and vulnerability. David went to Jonathan for help in 1 Samuel 20. He went to God in Psalm 56 and 57. He kept going to the right places for help and hope.
David knew and we can know today, that we have a present God who is with us in the most difficult times of our lives. He is eager to draw near. He may not rescue and that is hard!! Sit in that difficult space with your God. Sit in that difficult space with others. Cry out to God with your vulnerable self and watch as He draws near.
Dear God, you know the suffering of your children. Right now, may your presence be felt by those who are crying out for mercy. May they know beyond doubt that they are heard and are not alone. Give us the patience to sit with those who are suffering with no agenda. May your relief be felt in the lives of the suffering. Amen.