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Where Are You, Lord?

January 9, 2015

imageimageThanks to my good friend Robin James Hurt, I am listening to a wonderful ballad, “Willie O’Winsbury” by Scottish Folk Singer, Dick Gaughan whilst I ponder the Genesis reading for Sunday (Genesis 1:1-5) and recent events in the world. Listening to Dick Gaughan, and looking at the two pictures above from Dingle and Doolin, I wonder… When Denise and I were roaming about Ireland on our honeymoon, there were countless times when we truly did feel the presence of the Lord in a particular place (see my Blog Post “Thin Places” from June 25, 2014 at As we wandered and I pondered, God did speak in those places. I admit that I return again and again to Ireland in my heart and minds eye as I pray and reflect on God’s calling and tugging in my heart.

However, these past few days my heart has been heavy. Terrorist attacks in Paris and other parts of the world break my heart. The bastardization of Faith, whether it be Islam, Christianity, Judaism or other religions is horrific to say the least. The attacks in Paris by fanatics who say they are Muslim, lmedical clinic bombings in the US or appalling protests at military funerals by people who say they are Christian, and murder/mayhem committed in Israel & Palestine by people who say they are observant Muslims and Jews… All of these actions committed in the so-called name of God! How God must weep over the actions of those who were created in the image of their Creator.

And so, I wonder… Where are you, Lord? Where are you in the midst of the horrors of hatred, violence, and oppression? Where are you in the midst of all of this chaos? Where is your hope in the midst of all this despair? In the midst of this wondering, I read these words from Genesis, Chapter One: “the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters. Then God said, ‘Let there be light”, and there was light. And God saw the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness.” (Genesis 1:2-4 NRSV) God brought order out of chaos… God brought light where before there had only been darkness.

Right now I am having a hard time seeing it in a world so filled with “self-righteous hatred” wrapped in the cloak of false religion. Yet I return in my mind’s eye to those Thin Places and remember… I remember the call, the quiet and peaceful call of the Lord. “Come to me, all you who are weary and carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.”  (Matthew 11:28)

And in that peaceful place I pray. I pray that the God who created this world and who made humankind in the image of the Creator, would once again transform the hearts and minds and souls of this creation. In the words of Saint Francis of Assisi, “Lord, make me instruments of your peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy.”

Where are you, Lord? You are here in the midst of us… Sharing our sorrow and our pain… And showing us the way to serve as your instruments of peace, reconciliation and love. Show us the way, your way, O Lord. And bring this world your peace.

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  1. Dianne permalink

    Thank you for this!

  2. Reblogged this on ericspearsblog and commented:

  3. Amen.. Thanks Michael!

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