“Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord.
Lord, hear my voice! Let your ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications!
If you, O Lord, should mark iniquities, Lord, who could stand?
But there is forgiveness with you, so that you may be revered.” (Psalm 130:1-4)
Pain, suffering, sin, affliction, despair, despair. On the front page of each newspaper; the headline of each new program. On Facebook, Twitter and the subject of countless blogs. How we of this earth suffer. And mourn our suffering. We call to God, or whatever deity suits our life and lifestyle. We hope for respite. Long for relief. But each day that passes brings more bad news.
There are those who think humanity is deserving of all that is heaped upon us because, according to them, we have gone so far astray from God. Others belief it is the fault of those in power, the “they” of every nations and government. The theories and rationale of the “why” are as numerous as the reports of the bad, and more terrible, news. It all makes me want to . . . wait.
“I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I hope;
my soul waits for the Lord more than those who watch for the morning,
more than those who watch for the morning.” (Verses 5 & 6)
I am powerless against all the “theys” that inhabit nation, government, and society. My voice will not stop them. My body and energy will not stop them. For they are possessed by what has made them do these things. But that does NOT silence my voice. That does NOT stop me from working and dedicating my life and energy to try to help others. My soul hopes and waits for the Lord, knowing that there will come at time when the Lord mends all things. Until then, I hope and wait.
“O Israel, hope in the Lord!
For with the Lord there is steadfast love, and with him is great power to redeem.
It is he who will redeem Israel from all its iniquities.” (Verses 7 & 8)
I know the Lord’s love, for I have been blessed with it. And I seek to spread with my voice, my body, my strength, my life the love I have learned from God. I am still learning, beloved reader, to love as Jesus Christ taught us to love. And to me, that is the most perfect thing to do while we hope and wait – to show our Lord God and Jesus Christ’s love and compassion. Selah!