Sometimes God doesn't seem to be around. In the Bible we see that sometimes God seems to have abandoned Israel but always God's love and care win out. This encourages us in our increasingly dark days of Advent to persevere in the hope that God is always lurking around, looking out for us. St. Paul sort of sums up his difficult Letter to the Romans with this blessing:
"May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in your faith,
so that in the power of the Holy Spirit you may be rich in faith."