Lord,

We live in a broken world filled with tortured souls and, too often, seem to be hanging on by a thread. This is reality. And it’s hard. And we despair about it.

But we know this painful reality is only the first word, not the last. There is hope because You love us before we ever know it and keep loving us regardless of what we do. There is hope because You do not ask us to prove our worth, but to trust in Christ for our salvation. There is hope because Your love transforms us from the inside out so that we might grow perfect hearts of love.

May this hope that You offer be our hope. May it overshadow all the brokenness in our lives and our world. May it bring us the abundant life You promise in Jesus.

We pray this in his strong name.

Amen.