Today’s reflection is written by Deacon Karen Katamay.
“Since my mother bore me you have been my God.” —Psalm 22:10
God is the one who created us and loves us, even when we are unaware of him. I have been fortunate to grow up in a Christian family so I can say with confidence that God has been there for me from Day One. But what if that is not the case for you? Or what if your life has been filled with hardships and it is hard to believe that a loving and ever-present God exists amidst all your suffering or the suffering in the world?
God does not exist to protect us from all suffering. Indeed, he allowed his own son to suffer and die on the cross for us. Instead, what we can learn from the example of Jesus is that God is always with us, when times are good and when we are suffering. “God is our refuge and our strength, a very present help in trouble” (Psalm 46:1). And better yet, God promises us a time when there will be no more suffering and we will be with him: “He will wipe away every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain…” (Revelation 21:4).
So wherever you are on your spiritual journey, whether you are just learning about God, or are close to God, or even have doubts about God, you can take comfort in knowing that God is always there for you, from Day One until eternity!