My heart has been singing this song all morning – a song from my childhood – elementary Catholic school days. When I did an internet search, I learned the source of the lyrics. It was written during WW2, on the wall of a cell by a Jewish prisoner in the Cologne concentration camp. Here is an excerpt:
“I believe in the sun
even when it is not shining
And I believe in love,
even when there’s no one there.
And I believe in God,
even when he is silent.
I believe through any trial,
there is always a way
But sometimes in this suffering
and hopeless despair
My heart cries for shelter,
to know someone’s there
But a voice rises within me, saying hold on
my child, I’ll give you strength,
I’ll give you hope. Just stay a little while…”
I’ve been thinking of the things that I believe too, this morning – trying to verbalize them – set them in my head and heart, knowing that I will surely be called to answer for them and to testify to those beliefs more and more as the world falls deeper into depravity and immorality.
After the news events of previous weeks and months regarding our Church and our country, God may have brought these words to me as consolation – reminding me (us) that we are not alone – even when things seem darkest, or when God seems not to be answering us fast enough for our taste. Padre Pio once said, ” You can’t give God deadlines.” (He is one of my favorite saints because he did not mince words and gave of himself untiringly and selflessly to bring souls to Christ.) If there’s one thing I’ve learned in this life it is that God’s timing is almost never our timing, but His timing is always perfect. If we are going through a trial – and we are!! – that God will bring a greater good from it. He is making diamonds from a lump of coal!
May I suggest spending some time in silence today meditating upon God’s Word and praying. I got up at 5:30 this morning and had a whole hour with the Lord. It has brought hope (and sunshine:) to me on this gray day. In the silence, the Spirit’s still small voice may rise within you saying “Hold on, my child, I’ll give you strength, I’ll give you hope. Just stay a little while…”
Some other quotes from Padre Pio on Spiritual Combat.