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On Good Friday: God of My Bitter Hours

I thought it was appropriate to share this beautiful reflection of Joyce Rupp’s, inspired by the theologian Karl Rahner, on Good Friday. I found it in a beautiful book of reflections by Joyce Rupp called “Fragments of Your Ancient Name” by Joyce Rupp.

God of My Bitter Hours
by Joyce Rupp (Inspired by Karl Rahner)

You knelt in the Gethsemane garden
In the final hours before your death,
The sweat of bloody regret on your brow.
We, too, have our painful episodes
When the bitter taste of obvious defeat
Barricades any hope of comfort and release.
You join us in our bitter hours of struggle
When opposition, discontent, or lament
Block the corridors to our peacefulness.
You reassure us, “This, too, will pass.”

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Lauren

    this is very comforting, thank you.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment holylife

    Many people living in this world wonder why a loving God allows horrible incidents like New Orleans, Haiti, Japan, 9-11, Pacific Rim Earthquakes, in the world facing humankind. The answer is found in Genesis Chapter 6:
    5 And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.
    6 And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart.
    7 And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them.
    Yes, he is a loving God. However, humankind must stop mocking Him. It does not take a PhD to understand how God is mocked, on a daily basis, by the wickedness of man. Genesis may be a book of the Old Testament. You may be under the impression that the New Testament makes Genesis obsolete. People of faith know better. The New just enhances the Old. Until the wickedness of men stop mocking the Lord, expect additional events similar to Japan, Haiti, 9 -11, and New Orleans.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment siddigfan

    I have been horribly ill for the last two years and I have to keep saying : I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Many times my faith is below sea level and I have to keep hoping that this really will pass someday (soon I pray). I would appreciate prayers for strength and healing from anyone who reads this. Thanks! Love, Siddigfan

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Edie

    Beautiful! I just love reading your posts every day, Therese! God bless you and your family at Easter and always!

  • Deli

    I also share the suffering of deep depression & anxiety. Sometimes it responds to the meds I’m on, sometimes it doesn’t.

    I will indeed keep you in my prayers, that God may hold you close to His heart, may wipe away your tears, that He may comfort you as a mother comforts her child. All of which are Scriptural. All of which He does for His children.

    May you draw strength from knowing that Jesus was acquainted with our sorrows & knows our grief. He suffered in all the ways mankind does, to bring us Hope & a Light at the end of the tunnel. And He will never leave us or forsake us.

    Peace to you, my friend, and rest in your mind & in your body. I wish you WELL. I will continue to pray for you. I hope you will pray for me as well, in my weakness.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Anne Linskey

    Dear Karen, you should like this. Love, Anne

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