Lord,

I thank You, Lord, for the gift of my life. I really do. But I also know that it’s not a surprise to You that sometimes it’s all more than I can handle.

I often feel like I don’t matter to You or anyone else. But at that very moment I am ready to start a pity party for myself, Your grace plants seeds that quickly blossom into gratitude because I know beyond knowing that You have created me, sent Jesus to redeem me and long to be in an eternal relationship with me. 

I frequently hurt so deeply that I just want to run away. But just about the time I am tempted to do whatever it takes to escape the pain, Your grace connects me to Your heart of compassion that draws me closer to You and others in deeper ways than I otherwise ever could have hoped for.

I repeatedly experience moments when I am ashamed at how I turn from You, ignore You and fail to be the person You have created me to be. But as I start to climb up on my high horse to defend myself as a way of covering up that shame, Your grace overwhelms me with how committed You are to me becoming perfect in Your love. 

Yes, Lord, there are moments when life’s more than I can handle. But I’m glad You don’t make all my problems magically disappear. Indeed, I give You thanks and praise that You don’t. Because these are the times when I am privileged to experience Your miracle of taking life’s worst and turning it into Your best.  

I offer this – and everything – in the precious name of Jesus.

Amen.