Close to God, When?

August 26, 2022

Scripture Resource Passage: Psalm 23–“Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death…”

Bright days, sunshine bursting flower buds into exuberance, give my soul spiritual relief. Those days are a deep breath of air filling my lungs with escape from turmoil. We all need such times because in case you have noticed, life’s disturbances are real. The classic read, Waiting for Godot, highlights a disciple’s challenge.

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It is when things go wrong, when the good things do not happen, when our prayers seem to have been lost, that God is most present. We do not need the sheltering wings when things go smoothly. We are closest to God in the darkness, stumbling along blindly. There is no such thing as belief without doubt or struggle.” Madeleine L’Engle

Life Application Question

Do you find the underlined phrase from L’Engle to be true?

Thank you for reading. Comments and suggestions are welcome.

Published by Andrew Simkins

Dr. Andrew Simkins provides spiritual direction for individuals and small groups through the regular blog posts found on this site. He resides in northwest Indiana with his beloved, along with nearby children and grandchildren who are the adornment of his life.

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