Sometimes God Does Not Seem To Be Here

Sometimes you enter what St. John of the Cross called “the dark night of the soul.”

Things are happening, and God just does not seem to be there to help.

When this happens, take solace knowing that this feeling is as old as the human-God relationship.

I’m reading in a 600-year-old letter on spiritual direction which is as contemporary as today. The writer shares ancient advice as useful then as now.

Check out the 3,000 years-old songs of the Hebrew people in the Psalms. How many times do the writers cry out to God asking where he is?

Or even older is the story of Job.

When we inevitably feel this void, there is only one thing to do.

Continue our spiritual practices with the faith that God exists and will show up again in our lives.

That is why we practice disciplines in our good times–spiritual, mental, physical. These see us through the down times.

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