Psalm 88:18 ” You have taken my companions and loved ones from me; the darkness is my closest friend.”

One of the realities of life is that we will lose people close to us.  And as we get older and older it happens more often.  We look around, and all our beloved friends and family are gone…and left in their place is this huge void.  This Scripture actually reminded me of the first line of an old Simon and Garfunkel song, “Hello darkness, my old friend I’ve come to talk with you again…”  And if you read this entire Psalm, you’ll recognize that dark place as grieving and loss.  But within this darkness there’s also the hope of God, and the Writer of this Psalm knows this is where he needs to be.

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