“Trouble does its best work when it drives us to God.”

prayingpsalmsFrom Eugene H. Peterson’s Praying With the Psalms:

Look on my right hand and see — there is no one who takes notice of me; no refuge remains to me; no one cares for me. ~ Psalm 142:4

Trouble does its best work when it drives us to God. The discovery that other people cannot or will not help us is not a disaster if, at the same time, it shows us that God both can and will help. That we are abandoned by others is not the last straw so much as the first step to the realization that God is our help and salvation.

PRAYER: In the empty places in my life, devastated by broken promises and vacated by faithless companions, come, Holy Spirit, as Companion and Comforter. I will use my times of trouble to receive the help that only you can give.  Amen.

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