This has been one of the darkest weeks for our church, with Vivien’s terrible illness. Our impromptu prayer meeting on Sunday was both moving and emotional. We shared mutual pain as a church family, and prayed bold prayers out of deep love.
In our dark times, I encourage you to read the Psalms of lament. I recommend Psalm 13. The Psalm starts with honest, emotional questions towards God. Through this lamenting, the Psalmist finds his conclusion: trusting in the Lord’s unfailing love. Speak your doubt and frustration but don’t sit there; push through to rest in a conclusion of faith.
The day before Vivien’s biopsy two weeks ago, I sent a voice message to Vivien, reading this Psalm to her. She first replied to me with vulnerability about the intimidating procedure.
She then said to me:
“I beg you to pray for the procedure to go well, and more importantly, when it did go well, that I will not be forgetful, that I will not forget the grace, the saving grace of God for the rest of my life.”
Let us have the same Spirit of Vivien and the Psalmist, sharing in both vulnerability and faith. We will see the Lord’s faithfulness. I conclude with Psalm 13:5-6
“But I trust in your unfailing love;
my heart rejoices in your salvation.
I will sing the Lord’s praise,
for he has been good to me.”