2nd Sunday of Lent, February 28

Author Isaiah Lewis

Psalm 22:22-31

Reflection: v. 24, ‘he listened when I cried out to him for help’

I love this psalm because it reminds me that our God is a God who listens when we are suffering. Our God never turns away from us. Like a lot of people, I’ve had the experience of going to churches that are uncomfortable with brokenness. The more churches I tried, the angrier I became. If the Church couldn’t love me, what were the chances that God really did? Where was the good news for people like me?

One of my favorite poets says, ‘As deep as the wound is, that’s how deep the healing is.’

I come to Mercy because it is the only place I’ve found that truly does not abhor my affliction, a place that does not hide its face from me and assures me that God doesn’t, either. This psalm is full of pain, but here at the end it turns to praise. I think that’s because the psalmist realizes that God has been right there listening to the song the entire time.

Prayer Praise our God who is always present, and always listening.

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