My heart goes out to the families of those awaiting the news of the fate of love ones from the missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370. I cannot begin to imagine what it must be like for them. How would I be if I were them waiting for what appears likely to be bad news?
I think there are few things worse than the loneliness experienced while waiting for what one expect to be bad news. There is desperation of soul that no-one can know the depths of. Do you hope ? Do you give up and grieve ? What do you do?
I don’t have answers. I am not sure there are any.
What helps me in times of grief is hanging on to God a bit like that expressed in Psalm 31:7 ‘I will be glad and rejoice in your love, for you saw my affliction and knew the anguish of my soul’.
I may not feel better. Things may not be better. And they may never do. But the belief that God knows me, knows what I am going through and knows the outcomes somehow sustains me.
Dear God, please draw close to all those people waiting for news of their loved ones. May they know the comfort that you alone can bring.