OUR LOVE FOR God grows and deepens when we keep the faith during dark times. When we begin our journey with Christ, we often feel faithful, hopeful, zealous. Do you remember those days? Jesus feels real and close and near. You feel like you are on honeymoon with God.
Then one day God’s absence replaces God’s presence. This shift is not caused by depression or by despair, and it’s not necessarily because you have done anything wrong. It’s like something else is going on, as if God is removing a superficial sense of the Divine presence
to allow for something deeper to take place in your life.
My spiritual director used to say to me, “Trevor, sometimes God
stands at the door of the room of your life and places a hand on the
light switch and dims it a bit. Then in the darkness God whispers,
‘Will you learn to trust me in the dark? Will you love me even when
you don’t feel my presence?’” In these moments of darkness, I have
found a certain practice very helpful. I have what I call a love-word
for God that I carry in my heart and repeat when I am in the dark.
Often when God feels far away, I say this word to God with all the
faith and hope and love in my heart. It has the effect of keeping me
consciously connected to God’s loving presence even when I do not
– Trevor Hudson
Invitations of Jesus
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What would your love-word be? Share your thoughts.
As it is, there are many members, yet one body.
1 Corinthians 12:20, NRSV
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