My heart is heavy today with the suffering, trials, loss, and pain of so many. The only thing that I can do about it is to pray, read my Bible, and write about what I am thinking and feeling. Perhaps then, I can have some comfort. Another thing that always helps is a good cry and a nap or great night of sleep.
Philippians 4:6 states, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.”
I have been comforted by prayer during the storms in my life, but know that they aren’t always answered in the way that I would have liked. In those cases, I then pray for comfort, peace, wisdom, and understanding. Those can be very hard to come by, but are something that I am trying.
I also want to be sure to include the thanksgiving portion of that scripture. I am thankful for so much that the Lord has provided for me and my son. We may have lost my husband and his dad, but we know where he is. We know that he has seen our Lord face to face. I have to tell you, each time I think of that, I cry happy and sad tears.
We have been comforted and sustained by our faith and our loved ones. We have suffered and still don’t understand the loss. I am not sure when I will, but, there there is light now more than darkness. For that I am truly comforted. Now, we can remember something good along with the sadness. Okay, so here goes.
“Lord, so many of us are in pain, are dealing with tremendous losses, and are suffering. Please watch over us, help us through these storms, and provide us with the peace and comfort that only You can give us.
- Deaths of our loved ones whether suddenly or by a long illness – including spouse, child, parent, sibling, grandparent, aunt or uncle, cousin, and friend
- The long suffering of a loved one
- Illnesses and viruses, including COVID-19
- Cancers and tumors and the treatments
- Dementia or Alzheimer’s
- Mental health issues
- Heart attacks or transplants
- Surgeries and the recovery
- Violence and hate
- Bullying and threats from others
- Job losses
- Uncertainty of our loved one’s safety
- Health both physical and mental of our military
- Safety and health for our law enforcement, first responders, nurses, doctors, military, and all trying to help those who are sick or dying
- Losses of our lives as we knew them prior to COVID
- Racial strife and injustice
- Treating others poorly just because they are different than us
- Eviction from home and homelessness
- School and learning challenges for our children and young people
- Stress of teachers and all educators in finding the right balance
- Our leaders and the ability to govern again with healthy debate that isn’t threatening or hateful
- Freedom and our democracy
- Our clergy and religious leaders in this very different time
- Hunger and not being able to have enough food for families
- Losses of our beloved pets who truly are part of the family
- Uncertainty of life
- Suffering and challenges of daily life
“Lord, may we know You are always there for us. May we reach out and help each other through these hardships. May we provide comfort and love and listen when someone needs to talk.
“May we bear one another burdens as You instructed us to do. May we treat one another with kindness, respect, compassion, honesty, and empathy. And, may we always, always love.
“In Your Mercy, Lord, Hear Our Prayer. Amen.”
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