tuesday mornings…prayers in the valley of despair

When we are too long in the darkness, it is easy to despair. Despair comes at the loss of self, for one perpetually in the shadow of someone or something else. Despair comes from the persistent, active threat of evil. Despair comes from our own sense of failure to be who or what we had hoped.

  • Jesus, will you come into the broken places of our hearts and minds, the empty reaches from having pursued hope and help until we have nothing left to give.

Psalm 143: 3,4 (1)

My enemy has chased me.

He has knocked me to the ground
and forces me to live in darkness like those in the grave.
I am losing all hope;
I am paralyzed with fear.
  • Jesus, you are a God of compassion, hope and power. Unlock the resources of your love to renew strength in those cast down by fear and hatred.  May those impoverished by the slow trickle of sin’s poison see you afresh today. May their fingers, reach the hem of your garment, and find a handhold there. May they find themselves in the great company of the needy, instead of stranded alone; and may the fellowship of comfort begin today.
As we despair at the threat of death to anyone, may we be reminded by the Psalmist, that death, for those in Christ, is but a shadow. The promise of eternity marks tomorrow.
  • Jesus, you have shared our suffering; the suffering knowledge that we all face death. And you have carried that burden to the cross. Death is no longer final. New life in you is. May we, even in the very presence of our enemies, experience your tender ministrations, the anointing of your regard. Remind us that you are present with us. (Reference Psalm 23)
Finally, empower us to trust, that you who laid the earth’s foundation (Job 38-40), have not forgotten justice. That you have answers, the problems for which we cannot see. That you are everywhere present, and just because we cannot see you in momentary work, it does not mean that you have lost your way.
  • Jesus, in the midst of all that seems tragically wrong, continue your rescue of us, into the peace of knowing who you are.
Footnotes: 1)  “Psalms 143 (New Living Translation).” Blue Letter Bible. Sowing Circle. Web. 9 Feb, 2015. <http://www.blueletterbible.org/Bible.cfm?b=Psa&c=143&p=1&rl=0&t=NLT&gt;.

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