One of my new favorite reads is the Valley of Vision prayer book which includes classic “Puritan spiritual exercises, meditations and aspirations.” The language may not be modern, but I find the words connecting with my heart often. Today’s afternoon prayer hit me especially hard (I feel like I say this to myself every day).
Do thou be with me, and prepare me for all
the smiles of prosperity, the frowns of adversity,
the losses of substance, the death of friends,
the days of darkness, the changes of life,
and the last great change of all.
May I find thy grace sufficient
for all my needs.
The older I get and the more life I live, the deeper my realization (and hopefully understanding!) is of just how badly I need thy grace sufficient.