When Lent teaches us what it means to be abandoned

They say that God never answers “no” to a prayer. His only answers are “yes,” “not yet” or “something better.” I believe this, in theory, but in practice, “not yet” feels much worse than you would expect. You understand the justification for waiting: If we force events that are not ready, things may go terribly wrong, and who will be there to save you then?

But that does not make the pain any less. There is no escape. You still have to labor the long way.

Read the rest of my latest for America Magazine.

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7 thoughts on “When Lent teaches us what it means to be abandoned”

  1. Thanks for the article, but in my life there is abundant proof that God really did abandon me but Catholics always dismiss that because no amount of proof that God is evil is enough and I cannot live a normal life because God really has show that he is out to get me in the way that hurts me the deepest and hurt me in the most profound way.

  2. Spoke to me too…i am 43 and due with a baby on Holy Thursday. I am usually late. And also have those long prodromal labors. I have a feeling this Lent will be full of lots of little things to surrender….

  3. Thank you. I am longing for a son to be saved from drugs and chaos. God’s graciously freed me from the fear that I thought might kill me, but the grief. The grief.
    I don’t know if he’ll be released from his hell by a miracle or by death, so I wait. And pray, the long way through.

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