Patrick Zukeran is a Christian apologist, author and acclaimed speaker. He speaks tenderly about a situation he encountered. His friend Jean was walking with the Lord. Her son was very active in the church youth group. Suddenly, Jean’s son was involved in an automobile accident and was killed. Amidst the shock and grief, her husband left her for another woman. Jean was crushed and to this day suffers the pain of wondering why God was silent at her time of deepest need. Jean experienced dark loneliness and despair, the kind that rattles your faith where you wonder if you were ever a believer in the first place. These are times when we’ve felt that God is mute. Why didn’t he answer my prayers? Patrick reminds us, first, we are not alone. Second, even people in the Bible experienced it. King David wrote in Psalm 23:4, God is with you “Even though you walk through the valley of the shadow of death.” This is so even when you can’t feel it.