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Abandoned but Committed

“As surely as God lives, who has denied me justice, the Almighty, who has made me taste bitterness of soul,...my lips will not speak wickedness, and my tongue will utter no deceit.” Job 27:2, 4
Job recognizes that all the bad that has come to him is God’s “fault.” God has denied him justice and given him great bitterness of soul but, even so, he will continue to honour God and not speak what is wrong.

Am I like that? Am I so committed to God that, when it seems like he has abandoned me or, worse, caused my pain, I can be like Job and persist in my honour, worship and praise of God? Could I do this if I learned that all my sons were killed? If my husband abandoned me? If all my financial security vanished? If I had no home, no friends, no support system?

On what is my commitment to God based? Is it based on what he gives me? The blessings I receive? I hope it is based on who God is: my Creator, my Lover, my Rock.

Father, I want to be totally committed to you despite what happens in and around me. I want to be extravagantly devoted to you, even in the face of your seeming abandonment of me. Please help me!

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Oh God
You surround me with your love,
with memories
of who you are
of what you've done
of promises you've made
of who I want to be
of who I am because of you.

You give me hope and joy,
peace and gratitude.
You convict me
and teach me
encourage me
and remind me
of what it means to follow you.












You listen to my prayers
and grant my requests
in your time.
You give me insight
and knowledge
and words to write
to share your presence
your goodness
your love
your admonition
with others.























You expand my love
to pray for friend and foe
near and far
family and stranger
people as pins on maps
clustered and scattered
who know you and reject you
for those in need
and those too full to need.


















You draw me close
and then release me
to bring you close to others
to serve
and love
and give
all I have received.

You fill my heart with joy
that warms
and glows
and bursts
into laughter,
song
and even dance.

You wrap me in your arms
and tell me
"You are mine"
with intensity that burns
and smoul…