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“Don’t hide yourself from your servant; I am in great trouble – answer me now!”

Ps 69:17 GNB

It often seems as if God IS hiding himself. When a great earthquake strikes and hundreds of lives are lost we all ask, “Where was God when this disaster happened?” When a small child gets killed by a drunk driver we again cry out “Where was God? Why isn’t he here to prevent this sort of thing?” When a person gets cancer and their life is threatened, we again wonder what has happened to this God who is supposed to do great and wonderful things. When friction in the home leads to conflict and estrangement we again feel that this is something God should sort out – but it seems as if he has left us to work it out as best we can. When a company crashes and hundreds of employees are put out of work, we feel that God has hidden himself away and left us to it.

When Jesus hung on the cross, he too felt abandoned by his Father, “My God, My God, why hast thou forsaken me?” was his appeal. That incident tells us that to feel God is hiding is a common experience with which many people can identify. If you feel like this, cry out to God as well and invite him to visit you in your sense of emptiness and abandonment. Pray for him to comfort you and to set you right. Seek the companionship of Jesus himself. Try to do something that will help other people and draw you to them. Think of blessings for which to thank God and of times of joy in days gone by.


Lord, when I feel you are hiding make your presence felt.


Lord, another week has begun. Help me to face it with zest and enthusiasm. Fill me with energy so that I can face this week confidently and positively. Let me look for opportunities to do good and to speak words of approval and kindness to others. I ask it in Jesus’ name. AMEN

I.B.R.A. Readings

1 Peter 1:22 – 2:10

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