Lenten Devotions from Lutheran Hour Ministries

"MY GOD, MY GOD, WHY HAVE YOU FORSAKEN ME?"
Written by Rev. Wayne Palmer

What more haunting words could any person speak than "My God, my God, why have You forsaken me?" How could we endure a moment if our Creator would turn His back and ignore our every plea? Where would we turn for help, comfort, and solace if we could not turn to God?

Sadly there are many moments in life where it seems God has forsaken us. We cry out to God in the midst of illness, financial struggles, unemployment, family problems, yet nothing changes. We wonder if God has heard us-or might He have forsaken us too?

This Lenten season we study those dreadful words coming from the lips of God's only-begotten Son Jesus Christ as He hangs on the cross. But that was not the first time Jesus uttered those words. A thousand years before He spoke those very words through His great ancestor King David. The great psalmist faithfully recorded Jesus' words in the twenty-second psalm. This psalm vividly predicts His bitter sufferings, death, and resurrection. It will be the source of our Lenten devotions as we explore the depths of our Savior's sacrifice for us.

Rev. Wayne Palmer is the theological editor/writer at St. Louis-based Lutheran Hour Ministries. He completed his master of divinity degree at Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Ind., in 1992. Following graduation he served two parishes in southeast Missouri from 1992 to 2007. In 2007 he began full-time work with LHM. He is currently a graduate student at Concordia Seminary in St. Louis. Rev. Palmer lives in St. Louis with his wife Pam and their son Jacob.

Available to read online or to hear as a podcast (beginning March 5), "MY GOD, MY GOD, WHY HAVE YOU FORSAKEN ME?" can also be received as an e-mail subscription throughout the Lenten season. Churches can also download, personalize and print them to give to congregation members or use as an outreach tool. The audio version will begin March 5, 2014.