Dear God, This prayer is being offered for all those who find themselves in difficult circumstances.
There are those in deep despair - depression dogging their every endeavor, pulling them down to depths to which they never dreamed of descending and finding they are unable to prevent the descent.
There are those also who are in that "darkest before the dawn" place in their minds - in confusing mental torment like a ping pong bouncing back and forth between opposite thoughts and feelings - good/bad, love/hate, anger/forgiveness, hopeless/hopeful.
There are those feeling "less than", inadequate, isolated, cut off from the sunlight of Your spirit. You know that I and my fellow recovering friends have been in all these places - "Been there, done that." You know that from time to time the ghosts of these places try to come back to haunt the house of the soul and mind.
For all of us I pray.
Dear God, reach your hand out and lift us up. Hold us in the palm of your hand as we move through any dark times. Give us hope, trust, faith, and patience to live one day at a time until we return to that place where we once again find ourselves in the warmth of Your spirit.
Place your hands, that source of all power, around those who find themselves weak, powerless. Guide us with the 12 steps you lovingly gave us to lead the way. May we reach out and be "God in skin" to each other. Remind us always that it is only by giving away what You have so freely given us, that we will keep and multiply those blessings.
Thank you God for all Your blessings and for answered prayers,
(Photo credit: Praying Hands by Debe Maxwell)