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"A Prayer in Hard Times" - - by Rev. Weldon Bares

I want to share with you a beautiful prayer that I came across some time ago in “Catholic Digest.”

“Dear God, life is difficult. Help me to realize this great truth and not to moan and groan and complain about my problems as if life were easy or should be easy. Teach me to name my real problems, to face them squarely, and to work untiringly toward solving them, or, if this is not possible, then to endure them with courage.

“Help me to be open to all the ways You come into my life: whether as a gentle breeze, tumultuous earthquake, or something in between.

“May the difficulties I experience bear only good fruit: sensitivity, compassion, patience, humility, and the growing realization of my absolute need for You.

“God, I ask for all these things through Jesus and the gentle, yet earthshaking power of the Spirit. Amen.”

Are you having a tough time today? Has life taken a difficult turn for you or for someone you love? Why not turn to God?

May we hear today the promise of God: “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you.” (Isaiah 43:2)

May we hear the invitation of Christ: “Come unto me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28)

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