Troubled Times

So many problems.

Surrounded on all sides by pieces of our broken hearts.

Bent under a burden of grief.

Confused and disillusioned.

Our dark days on this earth are many.  The writer of Lamentations joins us in making a long list of the trials and issues around him.  Then – right in the middle of the mess – he writes some of the most well-known words in the Bible.  Here is a 2018 version:

Because of the LORD’s great love for us, our pain and problems do not consume us.

God’s compassion for us is renewed every morning.

Great is your faithfulness, Father.

My faith, my hope and my joy is found in my Father God.  He is always beside me.  I trust him to provide the strength and wisdom I need each day.

He is a good, good father to all of us who seek him.  Those who walk closely with him will find peace and grace.

Great is your faithfulness,  Abba Father.



for an answer.

Waiting for healing.

Waiting for God to respond, to act, to move.

I feel like I should be doing something while I wait…..I can’t just sit here.

Something needs to be done – maybe I should do it?  Something?  Not sure what because God hasn’t said.


Have you been here?  Waiting is hard.  It feels like I’m ignoring the issue and that’s not how I roll.  It feels I should be helping…..fixing….speaking to someone about something.

But then God taps me on the shoulder and reminds me of his word to me in Lamentations 3 – His compassions never fail – they are new every morning.  Great is your faithfulness, Abba Father!

Yes, I know he is faithful.  I’ve experienced his faithfulness my entire life.  I know he is moving – he’s at work even though I may not see him.

He is helping.

He is fixing.

He is speaking to someone about something.

He always has and he always will.

Thank you for your faithfulness, Abba Father!

Lamentations 3, 2013

Thank you, dear Father.august 30 2013

Because of your great love for us, we are not consumed by the culture that swirls around us, trying to draw us into it’s very popular web full of lies and deceptions.

Everyday we experience your compassion as you love us in spite of what we do, not because of anything good that we’ve done.  

As the sun rises every morning, we see your light and feel the warmth of your faithfulness, dear Father.  We take our next breath because you make it happen.

You are all.

You are everything.

You are our portion for today.  For this hour.  For this minute.

You lavish your goodness on us when we place our hope in you.  When we seek you, we find you,,,,,,,,, and we find joy and we find strength and we find peace.

It is good right now to sit quietly……

and to meditate on your word as you speak to us……….

the glory of your salvation is growing within us,

Great is your faithfulness, oh God my Father.