This morning I received an email from a friend who wrote,
I find myself in a place I do not like which is feeling so distant from God and not having the confidence that I am hearing from Him; and I am on autopilot just going through the motions (which is scary to me). I know that God is at work but it seems like He is at work everywhere else but within me. (That is the first time I have had that thought!)
Her words speak to a deep place in me which so often in Christian circles we are not free to share with others. The struggle she describes is not only familiar territory for God’s people, it’s an important part of our journey with God. Sooner or later, most of us will know first-hand what she is talking about. Still, when you’re going through it, there’s always the fear of being viewed as a spiritual failure or hearing some quick-fix Bible verse or theological platitude that some well-meaning person thinks will snap us out of it.
Frank came across this YouTube by Andrew Peterson from his album, Love & Thunder, which we posted on the Mt. Hood Climbers blog. But since not all of you visit that blog, I wanted to post it here. If you want to read the lyrics, go here
Hi Carolyn, >Thanks for sharing your friend’s quote. Are you familiar with Michael Card’s album, The Hidden Face of God? He also has a recording of this same song but I don’t know whose it was first. An excellent, worshipful album along this same theme. And regarding Synergy, will the sessions be taped? I’m bummed I can’t come this year 🙂
Tracie,>>Andrew Peterson wrote “The Silence of God.” Christianity Today has an interview with Michael Card where he gives Peterson credit and also talks about his own album and the grief behind it. You can read it < HREF="http://www.christianitytoday.com/music/interviews/2006/michaelcard-0606.html" REL="nofollow">here<>.>>Sorry you won’t be joining us at Synergy. We’ll record the messages and they’ll be on the Synergy website after the conference. >>Carolyn
Thank you for “silence of God”. Hadn’t visited the site for a while and just tumbled into it to see, just to see. I’m hearing the silence of God now too. I know everyone goes through this, but it doesn’t make it easier. Wish the church talked more about this so it’s not so lonely, but perhaps that’s part of silence.