Job 23:1-9, 16-17; Psalm 22; Hebrews 4:12-16; Mark 10:17-31
The life of faith often includes times of pain. In those moments, we are free to approach God honestly. We can be our true selves in God’s presence and can freely express our pain, our struggles, and even our sense that God does not respond. “Where are you, my God?” the psalmist asks. Jesus understands what it is to struggle. He quoted Psalm 22:1, “My God, why have you forsaken me?” from the cross (NRSV). Hebrews proclaims Christ as our high priest, who understands the human experience of pain and mediates grace toward us. When we despair, Jesus reminds us that for God, all things are possible.