Following on from the song ‘One Thing Remains’, I was reminded of a passage in Lamentations 3, very familiar to most Christians, but given a slightly different twist in the Message version. The first time I read this was when a friend of mine was going through the pain of separation. Her husband had just left her and she was struggling to understand what was happening in her life. These verses gave her a way of coping with the pain and the reassurance that God would never leave her.

“When life is heavy and hard to take, go off by yourself. Enter the silence.
Bow in prayer. Don’t ask questions:
Wait for hope to appear.
Don’t run from trouble. Take it full-face.
The “worst” is never the worst.

Why? Because the Master won’t ever walk out and fail to return.
If he works severely, he also works tenderly.
His stockpiles of loyal love are immense.
He takes no pleasure in making life hard, in throwing roadblocks in the way.” (Lam 3:28-33, The Message)

May we always rest secure in the love God has for us, no matter what we are going through.