Father, thank you for your long-suffering patience with us, with me. We have settled for, no—We have sought after happiness for too long now. All the while you have wanted to teach us joy. Lead us through times that threaten to ruin us. We may never understand why you do not rescue us out of them, but bless you because you are redeeming us in and through it. Jesus, be our constant companion. Come alongside us in the form of friends and their constant encouragement. Holy Spirit, bring our singing voice into a way of rejoicing in the Lord we have not yet known. Amen.
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