Another child born too early and not long enough in this world.
Reference: We are given no signs from God; no prophets are left, and none of us knows how long this will be. (Psalm 74:9 NIV)
Explore: A year ago, friends of mine gave birth to a little boy who was only 18 weeks along. While they wanted to respect his short life, they grieved for his lost future.
A year later they rejoiced in another pregnancy. They hesitated to tell their family and friends until they were past 18 weeks. There was much hope for healing for this family.
However, it was not to be. Another child born too early and not long enough in this world.
It’s clear to see this family is grieving. They are feeling hollow and alone.
Yes, God is with them, but sometimes His presence is silent.
Application: We all experience grief and loss. There are times when life is difficult and God seems silent.
He is not punishing us. In fact, many have experienced the same thing.
The Psalms are filled with tortured people calling out to God. And so, we take their lead.
When we don’t have the words, we can recite these psalms. So when we feel at a loss, we can keep calling out to God.
We don’t know the future. We carry hurts from our past. And although, at times, He’s silent, we keep calling out to the One who holds us all.
Prayer: Lord, sometimes I have no words for my pain. Come close to me so I can feel You instead. Amen.
How do you feel God when you are bereft?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.