Hope and Comfort

The length of our days is . . . but trouble and sorrow, for [the years] quickly pass, and we fly away . . . Teach us to number our days. . . that we may gain a heart of wisdom. – Psalm 90:10,12 NIV


Thank you for the wisdom and maturity that have come into my life through sorrow, O Lord. While I would not have asked for this pain to enter my life, I can see some of your good purposes for permitting it. Please grant me the ability to turn and help others who are struggling with similar grief. Help me extend empathy and support. Help me remember how I felt. And help me extend the patience and gentleness I, too, needed when I was engulfed in heartache. Let me be an extension of your tender mercies to the hurting ones around me. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.


[from The Right Prayers for Every Need]