In reading I Take You in Sickness & in Health, we learned to truthfully communicate our feelings and discovered we both needed kindness.
I’m learning that consolation in confining times is not in my having this life and its circumstances all figured out, but abiding in the One who does.
I find it striking that Psalm 88 includes virtually no words of reassurance. Nowhere does the psalmist add parenthetically, “But you are the Lord of mercy and compassion,” or anything else like this. Most psalms of lament include words of hope. Not Psalm 88. Here we find dark despair.
Jesus, as we begin another work week, may your Spirit empower us with gentleness, kindness, and good words for others. As you spoke this world into existence, so speak beauty, quiet, and caring deep into our souls.