Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer.
Romans 12:12 NRSV
There is relief from suffering when you persevere in prayer. In grief there are times when there are no other words than, “Lord, help me” (Matthew 15:25 NRSV). Find rest for your soul this day in the assurance that God understands your grief. Be patient in suffering. God is never threatened by your feelings and emotions, especially those of grief. Be patient in suffering.
God, this day I rejoice in hope as I lay aside suffering and pray that my soul may find its rest in you. By your grace may I be patient in suffering even as I persevere in prayer. Amen.
Loss and survival inspire me to greater compassion for the suffering of others.