A favorite psalm to share with those who are suffering – especially suffering that appears to have no reason and no end in sight – is Psalm 13. “Psalm 13” is all that a retired pastor could tell me when I went to visit him in the hospital. He had suffered a stroke, I was the Circuit Counselor and I had known Pastor Lieder for almost six years. He was the oldest pastor present at my ordination / installation at my first parish (St. Mark in Rushford, MN). He was a 1935 Seminary Graduate – a full 59 years before I graduated. I asked if he wanted me to read Psalm 23 and he shook his head and just said, “Thirteen.” He smiled and nodded when I asked, “You mean Psalm 13?”
“How long, O Lord, will you forget me? How long, O Lord, must I wrestle with my thoughts” – that is how Psalm 13 begins. Those who suffer incurable diseases must certainly be praying this over and over and over! It is a hard row to hoe, it is an exclusive club to which no one wants membership. And it is an opportunity to pray. Join in prayer this day for those suffering.