Wednesday, January 4, 2012

A prayer for those in despair

Dear Lord, I know not from whence this darkness comes; this temptation to give in. I stand on the precipice of despair and I long to jump headfirst over the edge. Yet when my heart thinks of You, the darkness is overcome by the light. I am no longer able to give in. Be Thou my everlasting light. O Lord God, grant that I may forever turn my thoughts and heart to you in all my troubles. Amen.

A couple of days ago, I reblogged this prayer on my tumblr page.  I think this prayer is beautiful.  It expresses the seriousness of the problems we face and contrasts their bleakness to the efficacy of God's grace.  

Notice that the prayer doesn't say that it's easy to turn away from the precipice, that it's all good.  Life is hard, and that's a constant whether you're sober or not.  If we persevere, what changes is what we turn to for help.  What changes is our ability to carry on - with a little help - despite the weight of our burdens.  We will suddenly realize that God is doing for us what we could not do for ourselves.

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