You bring us gifts of solace and encouragement at the close of another week.
Some of the week’s events bruised our hearts, some discouraged our hopes, some pierced us with panic, some caused us to shut down…
And so, God, it is grace – it is gift – it is life – that you embrace us with love, meeting our souls in their most tender places.
You come to us in our longing and our angst as we process the week and wonder how long we’ll face these circumstances.
When our temptation, gentle God, is to ask, “When?” or “How long?” please bring our breathing back to a centered rhythm that’s focused on the present – that’s focused on you and your goodness.
Please use all that we’ve experienced this week, Lord, to help us bloom and blossom in this present day. We are yours.
In the name of our Brother, Friend, and Savior, Jesus, Amen.