WHY GOD, WHY?
Read Mark 14: 32-42
Carry each other’s burdens.
I have never understood why people suffer or prayers
seem to go unanswered, and I probably never will. I do,
In today’s reading, Jesus
himself broke down in the
midst of his suffering and begged God to intervene. He then
questioned God’s silence when he needed God most. (See
Mark 15: 34.)
Jesus was no stranger to fear, loneliness, desperation, pain,
anguish, and confusion. He felt them all on the cross. They
are emotions shared by all humans. God doesn’t think less
of us for having those feelings or expressing them out loud.
They don’t make us less faithful; they make us human.
It may take courage to admit any of these feelings, but
doing so binds us together and makes us stronger. There will
be a time, however, when we will leave all this behind us and
dwell with God where the sorrows of this world do not exist.
(See Rev. 21: 3-4.) In the meantime, we can extend to others
the same compassion and love we so desperately need by
standing together in prayer and offering encouragement.
Prayer: Dear God, open our eyes today to see those around
us who are suffering so we can ease their burdens. Amen.
Esther L. Bonner (California)
Prayer Focus: SOMEONE WHO IS LONELY
— Galatians 6: 2 (CEB)
Thought for the Day
Because of my faith,
I am not alone.