Suffering with hope

“Where Are You, Lord?”

“Where are you, Lord

When the darkness swallows

When your silence deafens

In a multitude of sorrows?

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Where is your comfort

When pain abounds

When companions flee

And loneliness resounds?

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Where is your justice

When the innocent are hunted

When the wicked prosper

And their evil is flaunted?

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Where is your compassion

When a heart can bear no more

When weariness overwhelms

And it’s too much to endure?

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And He answered…

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Where were you, my child

When all the earth was made

When I breathed the breath of life

And the boundaries were laid?

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Were were you, my child

When mankind disobeyed

Rejecting my love

And choosing their own way?

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Where were you, my child

When I walked the face of the earth

When I left the comforts of heaven

And entered the nakedness of birth?

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Where were you, my child

When I felt the sting of pain and loss

When I endured the greatest injustice

And hung beaten upon a cross?

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Where were you, my child

When I bore your sin upon me

When I was crushed by grief and sorrow

And gave my life to set you free?

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Where were you, my child

When my closest friends denied me

When my Father turned his face away

And His wrath was all I could see?

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My child, you may not have been there

But it was for you that I endured

Knowing your sins would be many

But your salvation would be secured.

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Darkness, pain, and injustice

I’ve known them all too well

Though you must suffer for a while

You’ll not taste the bitter cup of hell.

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So remember…

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In the darkness I am your light

In my silence I’m still your strength

In your confusion I’m your constant

And in control of its intensity and length.

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In your injustice I will judge 

In your sorrows I will weep

In your loneliness I will draw near

And my promises I will keep.

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When my ways are mysterious

And your grieved by pain and loss

Fix your eyes upon my proven love

That was displayed upon the cross.”

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~Sarah Walton~

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