Alienation Hurts

Being afraid in a relationship often leads me to a favorite hiding place. Once there, instead of finding the peace I hoped for, I feel sad and lonely.

My prayer

Instead of hiding from You, God, may I trust You as My Hiding Place.

Biblical touchstones

  • Adam and Eve heard the sound of God walking in the garden at the time of the evening breeze, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of God among the trees of the garden. Genesis 3:8
  • [God], Only grant two things to me, then I [Job] will not hide myself from your face: withdraw your hand far from me, and do not let dread of you terrify me. Job 13:20-21
  • You are a hiding place for me; you preserve me from trouble; you surround me with glad cries of deliverance. Selah Psalm 32:7

Invitation to prayer

Close your eyes. Communicate with God about why you are trying to hide.

Photos
Adam and Eve Hiding, God Pointing in the Garden of Eden as depicted by thirteenth century sculptors. Two innermost  right voussoir s of the central bay of the north porch at the Chartres Cathedral in France

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