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When the Darkness Hides Me

As I was reading Scripture and praying this morning, I couldn’t help but reflect on suffering.  I still remember vividly sitting in my 9th grade English class in Lancaster county, when we were alerted about the first plane hitting one of the twin towers of the World Trade Center.  Everything stopped.  No one in my entire school did anything other than watch the events live in our classroom.  None of us had experienced anything like this before.  It felt almost like a bad dream. 

Now, 12 years later as we remember that tragedy and grieve the loss of innocent life, we continue to be surrounded by stories of tragic loss.  I am sure many of you listened to our President speak last night of senseless violence to people in Syria.  If you have seen the pictures or have heard accounts from the people of Syria, you can begin to understand just how devastating that must be for them.  Closer to home though, we hear daily accounts of shootings in Philadelphia, and in the last 6 months we have been reeling in the community of Wayne over the loss of too many young men.  Beyond death, we all know people who are sick, who have been abused, who are brought low by depression, and more. 

Last night I was reminded of the Psalmists words: “Where can I go from your Spirit?  Where can I flee from your presence?  If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my beds in the depths, you are there.  If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me; your right hand will hold me fast.  If I say, ‘Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,’ even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is a light to you.” (Psalm 139:7-12) 

I am grateful for a God that I cannot escape.  I am grateful for a God that is with me, no matter how deep the darkness in my life is.  Most of all, I am grateful for a God who entered our world as one of us; Jesus experienced betrayal, senseless violence, hatred, death, and more, so we know that Christ knows our pain. 

There is a lot more I want to say, but I think that Third Day says it best in their song “Cry Out to Jesus.” Let’s remember in prayer all those who suffer and grieve today. 

Blessings, 

Andrew

Posted by Andrew Hostetter at 9:00 AM
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