In Difficult Times …

Consoling God,
be a source of serenity for me
when struggles and difficulties
threaten to overwhelm me.

God of hope,
assure me of your unconditional love
when I doubt myself
or question the worth of my life.

Truth-bringing God,
encourage me to embrace you
during those times when I get lost
in the lies of my weakness.

Compassionate God,
hold me to your heart
when I feel helpless
in the face of the world’s pain.

Light-filled God,
keep me ever close to you
during those moments
when bleakness surrounds my life.

Comforting God,
shelter me under your wings
when I am engulfed in sadness
and overcome with distress.

God of peace,
you are the center of my life,
a strong refuge of peace
in the whirlwind of my pain.
I look to you for strength
and a constant assurance of hope.
— Joyce Rupp from Out of the Ordinary

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Photo: Père Lachaise Cemetery, Paris, France

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