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The LORD has remembered us; he will bless us; he will bless the house of Israel; he will bless the house of Aaron; he will bless those who fear the LORD, both the small and the great. (Psalm 115:12-13)

When you consider the vastness of the planet, and the huge number of people who teem over its surface it is easy to feel very small indeed. Yes, there are those who rise to great fame, who spend their time on the red carpets of premieres, but for the rest of us we simply sit in our front rooms watching on. Small, just one amongst many. Maybe we even feel overlooked. Perhaps we feel entirely insignificant. Who cares? Who even remembers?

Whilst there is great sadness in being forgotten by other people, to be forgotten by God is a shuddering thought. After all, if God is the God of the whole universe (and he is) then surely he must be busy with more important things.

But no. “The LORD has remembered us”. You were not created by him to be forgotten, but your prayers are heard and you sorrow noticed. As much as Jesus wept in sorrow of the death of Lazarus his friend, he responds to your needs.

So pray with confidence. Others may not notice, but ‘our Father’ will. Such is his compassion on his children. Read these words from Isaiah. And take them to heart:

“Can a woman forget her nursing child, that she should have no compassion on the son of her womb? Even these may forget, yet I will not forget you. Behold, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are continually before me. (Isaiah 49:14-16)

Thomas Aquinas

Some have speculated that perhaps his labours had produced a fresh understanding. Others speculate some sort of breakdown. All that was apparent at the time was that he was silent.

I am God

I will not execute my burning anger; I will not again destroy Ephraim; for I am God and not a man. (Hosea 11:9) - With God there is great forgiveness, an enduring patience and an everlasting call to humans to return to him.

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