A Hump Day Prayer for “Full Hope and Unfailing Strength”

“Do not look forward to the changes and chances of life in fear; rather look to them with full hope that, as they arise, God, whose you are, will deliver you out of them… Either He will shield you from suffering, or He will give unfailing strength to bear it.”

Francis de Sales

Good and gracious God

We are facing challenges today, this week, and in this season of life

Changes have come to our lives:

a health issue which reminds us of our mortality

a family change which reminds us of the passing of time

a habit or an addiction which has flared up again and is challenging our sanity and sobriety

a conflict with someone we really don’t like or care for but know that You call us to care and resolve

and we are being pulled out to sea by an undertow of fear, anxiety, anger, and frustration

We are taking chances because life and circumstances have presented them:

a chance at a new relationship that we don’t want to blow after having a previous one blow up in our face (and heart)

a chance at a new job because it was time for a change but it has been fifteen years since we changed jobs

a chance with a new chapter and season in life because one chapter and another season have come to an end

a chance that is a second chance with someone important to us

So Lord we cry out to You to help us..

to not allow fear and company to drown us in self-pity, depression, fear, and the like

but to help us to have full hope in and unfailing strength from You so that we can navigate these changes and chances in the strength and power from You and through You.

Amen

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