When we are in a wilderness
Of sickness, anger, grief, despair,
Remind us you’ve experienced
This too, Lord,
And that you suffer with us,
Some wandered in the wilderness, lost and homeless (Psalm 107; 4; NLT).
Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted (Matthew 4:1; NLT).
How long must I struggle with anguish in my soul, with sorrow in my heart every day?(Psalm 13:2; NLT).
Sickness: Then Pilate had Jesus flogged with a lead-tipped whip (John 19:1; NLT).
Anger: Jesus made a whip from some ropes and chased them all out of the temple. He drove out the sheep and cattle, scattered the money changers’ coins over the floor, and turned over their tables (John 2:15; NLT).
Grief: Then Jesus wept. The people who were standing nearby said, “See how much he loved him!” (John 11:35-6; NLT).
Despair: My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? (Mark 15:34; NLT).
Fear: He was in such agony of spirit that his sweat fell to the ground like great drops of blood (Luke 22:44; NLT).
Shall I not drink from the cup of suffering the Father has given me? (John 18:11; NLT).
In all their suffering he also suffered (Isaiah 63:9; NLT).
Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff – they comfort me (Psalm 23:4; NRSV).