I was having a terrible moment. I could not pray or feel God at all. I was feeling trapped in despair.
Then, I recalled Jesus on the cross saying, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” And I too felt forsaken. Yet that linked me back with Jesus, and made Him not feel so far after all.
So I decided, against all odds, to offer my upset up–to be joined with Christ in His suffering on the cross, for the resolution of that problem. I repeated over and over, “I offer it up for the solution to this problem. I offer it up for the solution to this problem.” I must have repeated that a hundred times.
It worked. Offering up suffering can be done from the most despondent of places–because Christ too was despondent.