The reading from Tobit reminds me that life is difficult sometimes, and that I need to bring my sorrows, my tears, and my struggles to God. I used to think that God might not want to hear my list of troubles, but I believe that God is with us in our pain. God is present to us and our whole world all the time, and in every moment. So it makes sense that God is with us, wants to help us, and seeks us out when we are in pain – just like he sent an angel to help Tobit and Sarah. The question I have for myself as a follower of Jesus is: how do I seek God out when I am in trouble? Do I listen for God and the presence of the Holy Spirit in my life and my reflection? Do I take time to lift up my soul to God, with all that is there – my joy, my hopes, my gratitude, my fears, my sorrows, and my pain?
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