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Thursday March 16th Psalm 22 : 1-3
My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from helping me, from the words of my groaning?
O my God, I cry by day, but you do not answer; and by night, but find no rest.
Yet you are holy, enthroned on the praises of Israel.
"Why?" — the question every parent dreads, to be followed by, "Yes, but why?!" We never stop asking; if we do, we cease to learn, to grow, to really live. We ask about our faith and its relation to life. "Why do bad things happen to good people? Why doesn't God answer this prayer?" We can't escape the questions.
The Psalmist, in danger of his life, is uncertain of the way ahead. He feels abandoned by God and asks, "Why?" Knowing the psalm, we may want to move on swiftly to the end, where the Psalmist expresses faith and hope. But perhaps we should stay with the "why".
Let's today ask God those questions that trouble us, confident that in his time he will answer; that, like the Psalmist, our faith will be justified, even strengthened. But if we don't ask the questions and don't wait patiently, we may never hear the answers.
Father, give us courage to ask the difficult questions, patience to wait for your answer, and trust in your unfailing love for us and for all for whom we pray.
Elisabeth Hogerzeil Allhallowgate, Ripon

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