Posted By Nan

God you’re my last chance of the day.

The only friend I have left is Darkness.

Psalm 88:1,11 The Message.

No matter what darkness we suffer, we are never the only one suffering. Of course, if you come to me when you are suffering, I won’t point that out to you. Your suffering is valid and terrible for you. You don’t need your suffering invalidated by someone telling you someone else is worse off than you. Today, however, God has led me to talk about some work I do as a counsellor that is often seemingly hopeless. I am a member of a team of volunteer therapists who support refugees incarcerated in terrible conditions offshore by the Government of the country they tried to seek refuge in. While wealthy, overpaid footballers seek crowd funding to make an unfair dismissal claim against their former employer because of a breach of contract, there are people being left for dead in these locations. As far as the Government is concerned, these people will never leave. Their sentence for being refugees desperate for somewhere to live is to spend the rest of their lives separated from their families, from life, from hope by a Government that claims to know God, but only knows hate.
When I communicate with these beautiful people seeking sanctuary, I am filled with the sense of how hopeless their situation is. So many of them self-harm and sadly kill themselves because they have no hope. They are given inadequate food, rare and limited medical care, and are living through the prime of their lives stuck somewhere with nothing to do but lament the loss of their dreams of a normal, productive life. They have no access to family or support networks.
For these beautiful people God is the last chance of the day. And the only friend they feel they have left is darkness.
I have spent a lot of time in prayer about these beautiful people and their terrible plight. A few days ago God reminded me of the story of Corrie Ten Boom. For those who do not know it, Corrie was a Dutch woman who hid Jews in her house in Haarlem in the Netherlands. Eventually she and her sister were caught and sent to a prison camp where her sister died. Her sister gave her hope in the darkness by reminding her that “There is no pit so deep, that God's love is not deeper still.” That reminder sustained her through the hopelessness of existence in the camp. For the people I communicate with that is their only hope. Some have a faith in God, but others have abandoned all such faith.
Would you be willing to pray for these brothers and sisters of ours? To pray that God will comfort them. That He will reveal himself to them. That He will guide them out of their darkness to the place He has prepared for them.
Sometimes we need comfort in our darkness. And other times, we need to be the comfort for others in darkness. Because despite the psalmist’s hopeless belief, the only friend he has left is God.
No pit is so deep that God’s love is not deeper still.

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