A Doxology in the Dark

“To be grateful for an unanswered prayer, to give thanks in a state of interior desolation, to trust in the love of God in the face of the marvels, cruel circumstances, obscenities, and commonplaces of life is to whisper a doxology in darkness” (Brennan Manning).

If you’ve ever gone through seasons of uncertainty and anxiety, you know what a doxology in the dark looks and feels like.

It feels a lot like the desperate father with his ailing son crying out to Jesus, “Lord, I believe. Help my unbelief.”

It looks a lot like putting one foot in front of the other, one moment at a time, one day at a time, feeling hopeful and frightened at the same time.

It’s trusting without knowing answers because you know that you are in the good, safe hands of Jesus.

It feels a lot like those prayerless nights when all you have are sighs and groans that somehow find their way to God’s ears.

It’s Job’s words of “Though He slay me, yet will I trust in Him.”

It’s a tune that everyone will sing at some point in their lives. Jesus didn’t say if you suffer but when. He never promised a way out of hardships but a way through.

Keep singing that doxology until the day breaks.

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