Chaplin’s Report April – Where Are You God, Why Are You “Silent”? – Chaplin Report

“Spare your people, Lord! Do not let your heritage become a disgrace, why should they say among the peoples, “Where is their God?”

Abba Father, are You not seeing all Your churches and places of worship being closed throughout the world? Are You not aware that the world You gave us is becoming so boring and uninhabitable? Where are You, Lord? Are You not seeing your people becoming strangers in their own communities? How can we sing your praises in this strange land where even the good men and women have become prisoners in their homes? “For both prophet and priest ply their trade throughout the land, and have no knowledge” (Jer. 14:18). Yes Lord, you never cease to call us to love You our Lord and our neighbor as we love ourselves, how can we do so in the context where our neighbor has become a potential danger, a threat against life? We do know who to turn to.

In our deepest despair and doubt, Matthew reminds us of the words Jesus: “Behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age” (Mt. 28:20). While we are weeping because of all those people who have died of COVID-19, John reminds us Your Son’s words to Martha: “I am the resurrection and the life; whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?” (Jn. 11:25-26). The challenge of life, especially during this public health crisis, shakes our belief. Yes Lord, we believe, help our unbelief.

Our prayers remind us again and again that You, our Lord and God are so close to us. You are still present in our midst even when you seem to be “absent”. Your absence-present or Your presence-absent reveals your visible and invisible being beyond our understanding. We thank
You, Lord for coming to our rescue when we walk in the valley of doubt, fear, anxiety, and death and miss your presence. Your Son cried on the cross. “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Mk. 15:34). But on the third day, You raised Him from the dead. Yes, challenges can and do happen in our lives but God never abandons us. In your absence-present or your presence-absent you are not “silent”. Your “silence” is so eloquent that it warms our faith and trust in you alone.

On March 25th , we celebrated the Annunciation of the Lord. In your silence you sent angel Gabriel who made it very clear that with God all things are possible. We thank you for teaching us to work together for the wellbeing of every human being in this world as we are all interconnected. We are all brothers and sisters, one family of God.

Fr. Godfrey Musabe, Chaplain