‘The Silent Dove In Distant Lands’

Good Sabbath Morning!

Another Reflection on Grief and Acceptance

Experiencing grief can bring about
many questions – could I have done
better – would it have made a difference?
If I would have only said “I love you” that last
But the lie of grief can bring about
many tormenting thoughts, whether the
loss of a loved one, loss of a relationship
or physical and mental illness. . .
David had many losses in his life, and was
continually fleeing from his enemies
alienated from his country until he felt as a
dove without its song, lost and forgotten!

In one of his Psalms Chapter 56 he wrote a song ‘THE SILENT DOVE IN DISTANT LANDS’
Depressed and sorrowful, praying for deliverance from his tormentors!

Have we ever felt like a bird in a cage who has lost its song? Without family
or friends, lost and forgotten?
Or maybe we never had a song to begin with, raised by a mother or father who
were unable to share a melody, since they had never received one for themselves.

I can relate to David’s many torments –

The ravishes of mental illness seem as enemies to me, ever seeking to
whisper their deceits in my mind bringing me to my knees, seeking relief from
my tormentors, seeking me day and night!

Whatever our torments, we can place them in God’s hands!
In PSALM 56 David stated –
“Be merciful to me, O God, for man would swallow me up;
Fighting all day he oppresses me, my enemies would hound me all day
For there are many who fight against me O MOST High”

But he stated “Whenever I am afraid I will trust in You…
I will not fear. What can flesh do to me?”

And though we feel as a song has forsaken us there is the promise
As David so aptly expressed it in Psalm 40:3
“He has put a new song in my mouth – Praise to our God
Many will see it and fear and will trust in the LORD”

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