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Please read Psalm 22 in your Bible.
At the end of the last academic year I was so excited. God was truly at work in our ministry. Student leadership was on the increase, a loving sense of community had been built, and everyone involved was ready to share the Good News of Jesus Christ. Then, over the summer I went to Madagascar to visit the Lutheran church. I saw churches filled to overflowing with the community gathered singing praises to God at the top of their lungs. I was inspired and really excited about the upcoming academic year.
Then I returned to reality. I got back to Pittsburgh only to discover that the contractor still had not finished renovations around the center. My databases had been erased from CMUís computers. My computer had a virus. Then it was the first Sunday worship at the center, it was 10:20 and hardly no one was here. I felt like the psalmist, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?"
Have you ever had those moments when everything is going so well, then all of sudden the world seems to be crashing down around you. One minute youíre ready to conquer the world, and then it conquers you. We feel as if God has truly forsaken us and left us. We feel as if no one cares and we have been abandoned.
God may seem far away when we are disappointed, grieving, or alone. We must remember, however, the promises of our baptism. God will not forsake us. God is faithful. Godís love is unfailing and everlasting. Worship on Sunday morning was great. I can still send out these e-mails and the virus is gone. But the important thing is this: God continues to be at work. Godís actions do not depend on my attitude or circumstances. Listen to the psalmist again, "[H]e did not hide his face from me, but heard when I cried to him." Thatís the promise whether it goes well or not. God hears and God loves.
Pray knowing that God hears and cares.