It was a long time, twenty years in all, that the ark [of the covenant] remained at Kiriath Jearim, and all the people of Israel mourned and sought after Yahweh. (1 Samuel 7:2)
Every person knows this mournful, longing desire.
Feeling like God is far, far away.
Looking up into the blackness of night and feeling nothing but the cold distance of an empty universe.
Longing, begging, and searching for peace.
Wanting to know that there’s a meaning and a purpose to all this.
Wanting some sense of connection with the divine and the eternal and the purposeful.
And as we mourn and long for something bigger—something better—something more satisfying—as we find ourselves in that place of need, God interrupts our longing with grace.
This is an excerpt from this Sunday’s sermon at Faith Presbyterian Church in Covington, LA. Please join us at 10:30am for worship!