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Finding God in the Dark

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When Nicholas Wolterstorff heard that his 25 year old son Erik had been killed in a mountain climbing accident he asks the following of God: “Will my eyes adjust to this darkness? Will I find you in the dark – not in the streaks of light which remain, but in the darkness? Has anyone ever found you there? Did they love what they saw? Did they see love? And are there songs for singing when the light has gone dim? Or in the dark, is it best to wait in silence?” (Lament for a Son). These are questions that every Christian has touched on either explicitly or more existentially. As we have seen over the last several years, the God of the scriptures not only can withstand these types of questions but gives them voice in those very same scriptures by means of lament. This Sunday evening we will have our annual lament service, to come before our God and seek Him with this language of lament. We will cry to him in our public and private darknesses, even as with Job we profess our hope in him, “though he slay me, I will hope in him” (Job 13:15). I do hope that you will make plans to join us and invite a friend.


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