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As we draw close to the beginning of Holy Week, I want us to return to the book of Psalms. This book was designed for use in worship by the people of Israel. However, this a book full of language which cries out to God in heartache and suffering. This painful crying out to God may be hard to read at times, but it serves to teach us that God is always there to hear us when we reach out for help in moments of suffering. Now, let us take a closer look at verse 11: “even my friends are afraid to come near me. When they see me on the street, they run the other way." Sometimes the Bible gets a bad rap for not being relevant to the problems of the current day. However, I suspect that right now most people can relate closely to all of these verses. In light of the social distancing we are currently experiencing, verse 11 stands out to me. The Psalmist is talking about something different here, but we can still relate to these words. You may be enjoying the slower pace of our lives these days, but some, myself included, find this to be a real struggle. I find comfort in knowing that when I struggle I can call out to God in distress and so can you. Let us not hesitate to do so.
In what ways have the past few days been a struggle for you? Do you feel like you can relate to the words of the Psalmist today? How so?