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Friday Prayer, October 23, 2015


Photo by Lori Archer Raible

Photo by Lori Archer Raible

Dear God,

Thank you for being my hope in times of waiting. It’s such a hard place to be – the waiting time. It feels so……long.

I can’t help but focus every day on the thing for which I’m waiting,

or all the obstacles preventing what I’m waiting for from happening,

or my own inability to make what I’m waiting for happen,

or the fact it can feel like everyone around me hasn’t had to wait, but I do.

You are right. Focusing here only increases my feelings of hopelessness and helplessness. So, gracious God, patient God, trustworthy God, please help me to consider the facts, but not make those my focus. Keep my mind’s eye and my heart’s trust on You, the One Who has made promises –

and keeps them.

I think of those around me waiting…waiting for healing, for relief from grief, for guidance toward the right next step, for answers to prayer that feel so very far away. May your presence be felt in tangible ways, Lord – in homes and hospital rooms, in early morning hope and late evening tears.

Thank you, God, for upholding me – us – all –  in the waiting, whatever it is we feel we are waiting for.

May this too become an occasion of strength.

In Christ’s name, Amen.


  1. Willis Clark

    Good thoughts. Strong picture. And there is always hope and optimism.

    • ariannelehn

      Thank you so much, Will! You are right. Hope and optimism remain…

  2. Laurie

    Thank you arianne. This was very timely for me this morning as we are making some decisions about our beloved walle dog. What a blessing to read this.

    • ariannelehn

      I’m so sorry about this hard road with Walle. So grateful you found comfort and hope in these words.

  3. lesley barnett

    so happy that my mom shared this with me – I am making some huge life changes that “start” in 2016 that involve leaping without a net… exhilarating and scary at the same time. This is just what I needed. thanks!

    • ariannelehn

      I’m so glad to hear this, Lesley! Thanks be to God! Prayers for you as you embark on this new chapter! Way to be brave and rely on the Lord’s strength and goodness.

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