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Dark Night

Prayer is not a ladder we build to the heavens; rather, as Dietrich Bonhoeffer put it, prayer is God’s work in us. When we do not turn away from God in times of distress or confusion, I believe it is also an indication that God has not turned away from us. When a person prays or just looks longingly in a heavenward direction, even though she may feel abandoned, her prayer is an indication of God’s ongoing presence.

The Listening Life by Adam S. McHugh

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  1. marthagrisso marthagrisso September 14, 2020

    This is a beautiful reminder that we need to walk in His presence continuously — especially when things get rough.

  2. h. renell h. renell September 14, 2020

    Thank you! And they are rough right now.

  3. GlendaMcMinn Blog GlendaMcMinn Blog October 7, 2020

    So true! Well said. Prayer is a powerful tool and much needed right now! Thanks for sharing!

  4. h. renell h. renell October 7, 2020

    You are welcome! My blog as been part of my sanity in the last few months. Thanks for commenting! Blessings!

  5. GlendaMcMinn Blog GlendaMcMinn Blog October 7, 2020

    Mine too! There has been so much good coming from this trying time. I resurrected my very old blog of 9 years. So encouraging to find others like yourself writing from the heart. Blessings to you!

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