Wake us to your presence, Lord: that we might not waste our times of trial.

Twentieth century mystical Simone Weil wrote, “Affliction compels us to recognize as real what we do not think possible.”

What would you teach us today in our trials, Lord?  Make us receptive!  Help us to see your victory and compassion rather than look for easy answers to our troubles.  So make us expectant, Lord, and patient.  Amen.