The lyrics of this song struck me today. Silence is beautiful sometimes but when the silence is coming from God, it can be deafening. When we struggle to understand why things are they way they are, we wonder why is God silent. We as the church need to be real about this issue. We question. We struggle. We sometimes even doubt. That is what helps us relate to others and builds a bridge of compassion and an opportunity to share Christ. When we come across as if we have it all figured out, we shut people off. They feel isolated as if they are the only ones struggling to understand. What the world needs to see are real Christians, who even in the silent times, know that God is near and He is at work. Jesus knows pain and silence. He experienced it. He felt it. He understands. He cares.
“And if a man has got to listen to the voices of the mob
Who are reeling in the throes of all the happiness they’ve got
When they tell you all their troubles have been nailed up to that cross
Then what about the times when even followers get lost?
‘Cause we all get lost sometimes…”- Andrew Peterson
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“We don’t have a priest who is out of touch with our reality. He’s been through weakness and testing, experienced it all—all but the sin. So let’s walk right up to him and get what he is so ready to give. Take the mercy, accept the help.” Hebrews 4:15-16 The Message