When the Father Remains Silent

        When the Father remains silent
        like He does not hear your cries;
        When you feel that He's not listening,
        and the hope within you dies ~
        When it seems He does not hear you
        and you feel He does not care;
        When you plead with Him to answer,
        but it seems that He's not there...

        When you feel He has abandoned you
        and left you on the shelf,
        When you feel that you're forsaken
        and there's no one but yourself...
        When it seems that your petitions
        have most surely been in vain;
        That's the time the Lord is closest
        and you feel His deepest pain.

        For when it seems that you're abandoned
        and you feel the most alone,
        You are sharing the same heartache
        that our Lord Himself has known...
        For Christ also felt deserted
        as He hung upon that tree;
        Till He cried in deepest anguish,
        "Why hast Thou forsaken Me?"

        "Know ye not that if ye follow
        I will lead you to the cross,
        There to know the taste of sorrow
        and to feel My deepest loss?
        For to share with Me in glory
        ye must first share in My shame,
        And you have to taste My sorrow
        if you want to bear My Name."

        So don't weary in your praying
        when you feel ignored by God,
        For it may be He is leading you
        where His own Son has trod...
        Through the Valley of Rejection
        to the tree of Calvary,
        He will bid you share His sorrow
        if you heed His "Follow Me!"


        "And about the ninth hour
        Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying...
        My God, my God, why hast Thou forsaken me?"
        (Matthew 27:46 KJV)

[ by: Connie Hinnen Cook (cjcook@mynewroads.com) -- from Connie Hinnen Cook ]


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