Saturday smiles: something different edition

I’ve been writing often about rough times, and the more I connect and reconnect with people, the more I’m seeing that tough times are all around. A lot of people are suffering. Struggling. Surviving. Or barely so.

So, instead of a list of things that made me smile this week, let me share with you a few things that sustained me this week. If you’re having hard times, know that you’re not alone. We’re in this together. And we will make it through.

Played needtobreathe on the iPod recently while washing dishes or cooking or something in the kitchen. Felt this song in my soul.

It’s been like a prayer lately. “Yes, Lord. Give me the faith to believe in these hard times.”

And last night, as I read the Book of Common Prayer during my devotional time, I found comfort in these words:

“Be present, O merciful God, and protect us through the hours of this night, so that we who are wearied by the changes and chances of this life may rest in your eternal changelessness; through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (emphasis added)

And:

“Keep watch, dear Lord, with those who work, or watch, or weep this night, and give your angels charge over those who sleep. Tend the sick, Lord Christ; give rest to the weary, bless the dying, soothe the suffering, pity the afflicted, shield the joyous; and all for your love’s sake.”

And a reminder, in a year-old copy of a magazine given by a friend, that instead of focusing on the size of my mountain to be moved, I should focus on the size of the Mountain Mover.

I worry too much and pray too little.

Jesus, help me turn that around.

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