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In Psalm 42:9, the psalmist asks God "Why have you forgotten me?  Why do I go mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?"  That's how Gracia Burnham felt as she was being held captive in the Philippines for over a year by the militant group Abu Sayyaf.  But, let's drop down to verse 11 which says "Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me?  Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God."  You see, whether we are being held for ransom by a terrorist group, battling a serious illness, or dealing with the loss of a job, we can honestly cry out to God and say "God, where are you?"  But let's not stay at that question-asking phase.  May we remind ourselves of the truth that God is there, and that He will ultimately bring hope and salvation. 

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(Photo of Gracia Burnham)