Reformation Lutheran Church A Congregation of the ELCA

Thursday, February 11 Read Psalm 13

How long, O Lord? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me? Psalm 13:1

Glimmer of Hope

How long will I lie alone in this cold, dimly lit place, waiting. Waiting for what? Does anyone know I’m here? Why am I here? I lie on a hospital gurney in a large, empty waiting room, transported unexpectedly and left there by aides I call body snatchers. I wonder what will happen next in unforeseen medical procedures. Shivering. No one near, no signs of life, alone. How long?

This psalm of David echoes in my mind. “How long, O Lord?” King David lamented his enemies attacking him and threatening to defeat him. How long will this go on?

There are days when the world seems to turn against us. Nothing works right. Friendships sour, families fracture, work fails, illness and pain afflict us. On this day it seems my body has gone to pieces. I see dead ends. Does God see what’s happening to me?

“How long will you hide your face from me?” God’s face is hidden, and all seems confusion, darkness, despair. I need God’s face to shine on my path, give a sense of direction, a knowing that someone cares and is with me. The psalm says, “Consider and answer me, O Lord my God! Give light to my eyes, or I will sleep the sleep of death.”

I hear footsteps. Someone is coming. A friendly face. A medical technician greets me warmly by name and explains the procedure. It will relieve pain and help healing begin. A glimmer of hope. I feel called back to who I am, baptized child of God, trusting in Christ, even today.

Another psalm of David comes to mind: Psalm 23:4b “For you are with me,” and Jesus’ promise, “Remember, I am with you always…” Matthew 28:20b. Hope to trust, and find it’s true.

And my favorite benediction: The Lord bless you and keep you. The Lord’s face shine on you with grace and mercy. The Lord look upon you with favor and give you peace. Amen.

Sally C. Fahrenthold
Retired pastor

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