A Friday Prayer
For those who walk the valley of the shadow,
and those who walk with them.
For those in search of life, hope, Resurrection, peace.
For all of us:
May you honestly name and face what is,
knowing you are held in the heart of the One who
counts the stars and calls them by name,
the One whose eye is ever and always on even the sparrow.
May you move forward as you are able,
one day, one hour, one minute at a time,
from peak to valley, desert to stream, night to day,
knowing you are companioned by the One
who will never leave you or forsake you.
When worry clouds your mind, when darkness envelops,
when uncertainty dogs each decision,
may you rest in the knowledge that the One who knows
your every thought and need will provide
wisdom and understanding, light for your path.
When tears and anguish are your daily bread,
know that they do not demean or diminish you;
they are honored, recorded and held by the One
who weeps also, with and for us.
When everything is too much,
stop when you need to,
knowing you are held in the palm of the One
who is our refuge and our strength.
When hope feels more like wishful thinking,
faith and trust like folly,
know that you are chosen and loved with an everlasting love.