Day 16

19  Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20  teaching them to obey everything that I’ve commanded you. Look, I myself will be with you every day until the end of this present age.”  Matthew 28:19-20, CEB

One of the more helpful ways I’ve found to talk about God’s absence is, instead, to talk about his silence.  Again, the experience may be the same, but maybe talking about God’s “silence” gets us away from having to make judgments about whether or not he’s really here.

I got this language from Andrew Peterson, who has an amazing song on the topic.  I’m going to post the lyrics as today’s devotional.  Use the comments to let us know what you think.

It’s enough to drive a man crazy, it’ll break a man’s faith

It’s enough to make him wonder, if he’s ever been sane

When he’s bleating for comfort from Thy staff and Thy rod

And the Heaven’s only answer is the silence of God

 

It’ll shake a man’s timbers when he loses his heart

When he has to remember what broke him apart

This yoke may be easy but this burden is not

When the crying fields are frozen by the silence of God

 

And if a man has got to listen to the voices of the mob

Who are reeling in the throes of all the happiness they’ve got

When they tell you all their troubles

Have been nailed up to that cross

Then what about the times when even followers get lost?

‘Cause we all get lost sometimes

 

There’s a statue of Jesus on a monastery knoll

In the hills of Kentucky, all quiet and cold

And He’s kneeling in the garden, as silent as a Stone

All His friends are sleeping and He’s weeping all alone

 

And the man of all sorrows, he never forgot

What sorrow is carried by the hearts that he bought

So when the questions dissolve into the silence of God

The aching may remain but the breaking does not

The aching may remain but the breaking does not

In the holy, lonesome echo of the silence of God


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