“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from helping me, from the words of my groaning?” – Psalm 22:1
These words, which Jesus quoted from the cross, have been uttered by people of faith for millennia. There are simply times in life when we feel that God is not hearing our prayers or coming to our aid. Psalm 22 is one of the most bitter psalms of lament, yet even this psalm contains notes of praise and thanksgiving. In hard times, it is important to remember the many ways that God has blessed us through our lives, and to trust that those blessings will continue and that, ultimately, God will send light into our deepest darkness.