Thursday 14th December

All your works shall give you thanks, O Lord, and all your faithful shall bless you. They shall speak of the glory of your kingdom, and tell of your power.Psalm 45:10-11

experience adventOften people tell me they are reluctant to talk about God because they do not have answers to all the difficult questions which they know they will be asked. Why do I have cancer? Why does my son never talk to me? Why are all those people starving? Just in case you were wondering, I don’t have answers to all those things either. Sometimes, we can dig down and find out why, but a lot of the time things are just plain unfair.

So why talk about a God who is unfair? Who does not seem to have any power and whose glory is so far distant from many people’s lives that it is an insult to the reality to suggest it.

Each of us has some experience of God. How did we, ourselves, find our journey through dark places in our lives? How do we maintain faith and experience God through the difficult questions which we all ask ourselves. The experience you have is part of the glory of God’s kingdom. It is fine to say, “I don’t know,” or “I struggle with that too.” It is fine to tell of times when you really did not believe or wandered away. That is real.

Your story, good and difficult, is a witness. It is your fuel to tell of God’s power. To tell how and where you find God, and where God works in your life.

Lord, help me to hold my story as you do, as precious and worthy. Teach me not to be afraid to tell the truth of where I struggle and where I find hope in you. Let me help to reveal the coming of your kingdom through your coming into my life. Amen