"The Lord is near to the broken hearted,
and saves the crushed in spirit."
Psalm 34: 18
But when someone is feeling broken hearted and crushed, it can be a very lonely experience, which is why I chose this photo. It can feel that no-one cares, least of all God. It takes an act of faith in the midst of trouble to say with the psalmist,
"I will bless the Lord at all times;
his praise shall continually be in my mouth."
When my husband and I were married, one of the hymns we chose for our wedding was a metrical version of Psalm 34. The hymn begins,
"Through all the changing scenes of life
in trouble and in joy
the praises of my God shall still
my heart and tongue employ."
This is the 16th in a series of daily Lenten reflections based on a Bible reading or Psalm from the Common Worship Lectionary of the Church of England. This one is based on Psalm 34.