I long for you. I long for the days you have promised us. Days free from fear, suffering, and pain. Free from shame, bitterness, and hatred.
I praise You, because I know You hold it all in your hands. No matter how big the waves, how dark the valley, You are with us every step.
You constantly pursue us, no matter how far we stray. Your unconditional love is overwhelming, and life changing. We deserve nothing, yet You give us everything.
As a country we have become self seeking, and self serving. We lack compassion for those who need it most. We pour our time, money, and energy into things that will never satisfy. Our ever dwindling attention spans keep us in a constant state of anxiety. Forgive us for being disobedient, and complacent. Let us remember your command to be STILL, and know that YOU alone are God.
Give us the discipline and strength we need to become the people You made us to be. Let your love and grace spill out of our hearts, and touch everyone around us.
Let us love the unlovable, and connect with people that look, think, and act nothing like us. Break our hearts, for what breaks Yours. Your perfect love is truly the only answer to heal our nation.
God, I pray that your presence is surrounding every mourning heart. I cannot imagine the pain, anger, and disbelief these families must be experiencing. I pray that you will strengthen their faith, and give them peace that surpasses all understanding.
Give the leaders of our country wisdom to navigate necessary changes in legislation. But more important than legislation, God, change the condition of every heart in this country. Give us compassion, and courage to walk alongside those fighting mental illness. Let us reach out to the lonely, and break down walls of isolation.
I know you are able. You are all powerful, and always good.
Strengthen our faith, Father. Banish our doubt. Let our hearts believe.
“The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those whose spirits are crushed.” Psalm 34:18
“He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” Revelation 21:4
“My comfort in my suffering is this: Your promise preserves my life.” Psalm 119:50