Has his steadfast love ceased forever?
Are his promises at an end for all time?
Has God forgotten to be gracious? – Psalms 77:8-9
It is completely normal to doubt and question God. It is common to wonder if God is still around. In the moment of despair, it seems like God has stopped acting. Where is God’s love? Has God forgotten us?
What the psalmist does to be able to continue declaring God’s goodness is to remember. He recalls the stories of how God has delivered us in the past. Specifically he uses images of water and the exodus. Continue reading
Today’s daily bible reading is from Job. It’s a response from his friend Eliphaz the Temanite. Since today is the first day of my vacation though, I’m not up to brushing up on the backgrounds of each of Job’s “friends.” The story of Job is one of my husband’s favorites. He likes it because it’s so outlandish and makes no sense. But then again, God’s pretty confusing. My daughter Grace agrees. As she points out, how can God be nailed on the cross and die and then rise from the dead again? Continue reading
While I kept silence,
my body wasted away
through my groaning
all day long.
– Psalm 32:3
Silence. I’m a big fan of silence. It conjures up feelings of peacefulness and rest. It centers me. There’s a power I experience especially in being silent with a group of people. I can and do encounter God in a different way in the silence. I’ve learned to appreciate silence in a faith-rooted, counter-cultural way.
Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church
is an ELCA congregation officially organized in April 2002, and was begun as a mission congregation in Groton, MA by St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church of Sudbury, MA in the summer of 1989.