Holy God! Awesome Creator! You chart the course of planets – and You establish the way for the smallest worm. What is beyond Your sovereignty, O God? What occurs outside Your wisdom? Truly, all our days are already written in Your book.
So God, forgive us our fears! Forgive us our anxious toiling! Forgive us for ignoring the needs of others, in the mist of our suffering! Forgive us for allowing our sorrow to eclipse our call – to seek first Your Kingdom and Your righteousness.
Teach us instead, to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom. Help us to bear our light momentary affliction, knowing that it is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison!
Grant us grace to grieve with hope! Grant us grace to look to Jesus, our Great Sympathiser – who knows our frame, who understands our weakness, and who has been tempted in every way. We ask all this in His name, amen.