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.

A prayer:

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.