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Signposts: Daily Devotions

Written by Renée Miller

Wednesday, June 30

I will not leave you comfortless. I will come to you.
—John 14:18

A popular bumper sticker proclaims, "Life happens." We all experience the truth of that phrase. And, we all seem to know what it implies: that things will unfold in our lives that are outside our control, against our will, and that may leave us in a place of struggle, pain, and despair.

We hope to avoid that painful chaos, because when we are experiencing pain, struggle, and despair, we feel so terribly alone. Friends and family may offer comfort and help, but still we feel like the lone wolf howling its plaintive cry in the wilderness. Our cry becomes the ache of abandonment. We feel as if we've been left to see our own way through our troubles, and  are unprepared for the challenge.

In the core of that loneliness there lives a hidden presence—a holy presence—that promises that we do not stand alone to face the terror of our lives or the terror of our own selves. That Divine Presence will be known to us if we will descend into the lonely core that feels so overwhelming and sit in silence. The Holy Companion will come as surely as the day dawns, and in the silence, the chaos will be stilled.

O Lord, when the vagaries of life buffet me on all sides and leave me helpless and alone, come oh come, and walk with me through the shadows that feel like death.

These Signposts originally appeared on explorefaith in 2003.