In this reflection, Albert Bogle writes about feeling drained.
Listen to my heartache.
When I feel drained and have nothing to say and nothing to give. When there is nothing I want; because I’ve lost all that meant anything to me. Shouldn’t I give up? Do I need to keep waiting, perhaps start looking, for the promised peace?
As day follows night, so hope will return I’m told.
How can this be I ask myself? Then within me a voice whispers “Because the steadfast love of the Lord never ceases”. God’s love for you doesn’t come to an end when your love for Him is being challenged. He will renew you often with the simple things. The smile of a neighbour, the smell of a favourite meal, the light shining through a glass of wine, the touch of a hand, the beauty of a flower, the faithfulness of a friend. Take time says the writer of Lamentations to be alone! To wait wait! And I reply, I’ll keep on waiting, for surely, I will encounter,‘the peace of God which passes all our understanding’.
God of the broken hearted
Father of all
Saviour of the world
Friend of the desolate
Draw near to me
For I do not know how to draw close to you
So many emotions stir within me
Sadness and grief
Threaten to overwhelm me.
Yet, courage and loyalty,
Inspired by those I love
strengthen me to stand tall.
Lord, to be bereaved,
means to be emptied of everything;
I’m wasting away inside - crumbling.
Hiding from friends and family.
Wishing the world as I know it would come to an end
Come Holy Spirit of God
Bind up the broken hearted
Strengthen the weary
Give new courage to those who are failing
Enable us all to become people waiting,
For hope will return
Great is your faithfulness.
So I wait in hope for deliverance.
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