Sometimes there just aren’t words to express our despair or grief or anger. Sometimes the questions we hurl at God are ones we just want to ask, but we don’t want answered. Along with Jeremiah, we simply weep and mourn for the world around us.
The suffering and trials of the people feel like too much to bear. Perhaps it is violence, illness or injustice that evokes these emotions in us. All we can do is cry out.
And God listens.
Even when all we have are questions for God. When all we have are anger and grief directed at God. When we don’t want answers, we just want the space to hurl our questions.
God listens until we are out of questions, until we are spent with grief, until our anger is but the embers of a once raging fire. And God keeps listening. Listening with grace and mercy and love.
Because that is the answer we need. Love is the answer for mourning and suffering and anger. God’s love is our answer.
Gracious and merciful God, you hear our cries and our questions, and you listen with love. Amen. — EP