When God seems absent

gmacdonaldWe’ve all had those days (weeks? seasons? years?) when God seemed more like an imaginary friend than a living, present reality in our lives.

During those times, the spiritual life can start to feel like so much wishful thinking. What we see swamps all the things we can’t see. Faith gives way to fear.

I found this great prayer from George Macdonald (pictured at right). If you’re struggling to believe today, I commend it to you:

Therefore, O Lord, when all things common seem,
When all is dust, and self the center clod,
When grandeur is a hopeless, foolish dream,
And anxious care more reasonable than God–
Out of the ashes I will call to thee–
In spite of dead distrust call earnestly:
O thou who livest, call, then answer dying me.

Diary of an Old Soul, August 31

How great is that?!

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