Scripture: Psalm 142
Key verse: (4) Look on my right hand and see — there is no one who takes notice of me; no refuge remains to me; no one cares for me.
Reflection: Life can be hard. This psalm, known to have been written by David while he was in a cave, portrays the hurt and isolation that can be felt when we feel there is no one who cares for us. David looks around and sees there is no one around, no one to lean on, no one to notice his pain. With the rise of depression and mental health issues, emotions like his are felt today in our busy, disconnected, and merit-based culture. We feel alone when we hide behind social personas; we feel abandoned as our friends and family grow further and further away; we feel anxious as our human understanding cannot make sense of the world around us; we feel unnoticed and unheard when our cries are being ignored. David is crying out to the Lord in his isolation. This tells me one thing: David still believed that the Lord is near! Even if David was forsaken by his community, God had not forsaken him!
As humans, we sometimes feel ashamed to ask for help, even retreating into ourselves. David showed courage in his cry. David was brave in his belief that God had not forsaken him. David found in God (as we can too) an ear for the voice of his cry. Who do you talk to about your pain? How do you handle the heartaches of life? One ministry available at Myers Park Presbyterian Church is our Stephen Ministers, people who journey with those in pain. Our Stephen Ministers are trained lay leaders who walk beside those going through tough times, offering Christian care in presence and support. You are not alone! May we be brave and courageous in our pain, crying out to our ever-present God and seeking help from our sisters and brothers in Christ.
If you are in need of a Stephen Minister, please contact Deborah Conner in the Congregational Care office.
Prayer: I cry to you, O LORD; I say, “You are my refuge, my portion in the land of the living.” Give heed to my cry, for I am brought very low. Save me from my persecutors, for they are too strong for me. Bring me out of prison, so that I may give thanks to your name. The righteous will surround me, for you will deal bountifully with me. Amen.(Psalm 142:5-7)
Author: Ben Brannan
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].