The Day Hell Was Made

According to some medieval calendars, this is the day on which hell was made. For many waking up to further devastation in the U.K. and the U.S.A., there is a certain irony in that. What could be more hellish than to be wading through sewage in one’s own home, or shivering without power through an ice storm? Perhaps our friends in Syria or the Central African Republic might have their own views on that, but we must stick with what we know and experience at first hand, the effects of the weather and the misery many are experiencing right now.

Whatever hell may be theologically, practically speaking it is anything and everything we find exceptionally hard and disagreeable, something that inflicts extreme pain. Sometimes the pain comes from outside; sometimes it comes from within; but the one constant is that it seems to have no redeeming feature. It is lonely, bleak and hopeless. To pretend otherwise is dangerous, because it means that our prayer becomes infected with a fundamental dishonesty. Certainly, we can and should ask for the grace to see as God sees; but if for the moment we are blind and deaf to everything except the pain we experience, then that is what we must take to the Lord. He will not turn us away because we are raging. In fact, I rather think he will embrace us as we ourselves might embrace a child in a tantrum. Today, as we pray for those suffering from the effects of the weather or any other disaster, let us be simple and direct in our prayer. Spare your people, Lord; we ask nothing less.

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5 thoughts on “The Day Hell Was Made”

  1. Romans 8:31-39, and certainly not through the integrity of honesty expressing what is in our heart, God is big enough to absorb our rage…..not even the powers of hell, made on this day, can separate us from God’s love.

  2. Powerful testimony to the fact that hell is often of our own creation. I can categorically say that I have often done that in my past life and I thank God daily for that lifeline he extended to bring me into his light.

    Amen to your prayers, we prayed directly in our intercessions for those people in the Hell’s not of their making in the current situation both here and else where.

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