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Despair

It’s heavy, this thing called despair. You might experience it as pure nothingness, or a moment when we’re drained of all rational thought. It calls for escape. Yet, God meets us in the midst of despair to lift us out and show the way toward peace.

SHOW NOTES

Practices:

  • Psalms – experience despair, see the light of hope, look back upon the despair, help others going through despair
  • Agency – who’s responsibility is it to move beyond despair; in the Psalms, the agency falls on both us and God
  • Read a Psalm each day – ask God to speak to you through it, write two or three words that stand out to you

Scripture:

  • Psalm 40 He leaned down to me; he listened to my cry for help.He lifted me out of the pit of death, out of the mud and filth, and set my feet on solid rock.

References:

  • Job in the Mystery of Suffering by Richard Rohr – “glib and pious platitudes are theologically correct yet entirely inadequate…we are to be faithful in the hope of the mystery” (of God’s faithfulness)
  • When God is Silent by Barbara Brown Taylor – “the longing for connection to God is enough…when we are crying in our despair, moaning is enough”
  • Seven Thousand Ways to Listen by Mark Nepo – “God is fully wherever we are, and when our plans are bent or split or broken by the unexpected appearance of life in its many guises, this is often when the learning begins”
  • Ali Kemp Foundation’s TAKE Self Defense training
  • Faith Always Wins Foundation – promoting dialogue for the betterment of our world
  • “The worst thing should never be the last thing.” – Wayne Mueller