It’s easy for many of us to become worn down by the things of this life – the things that are hard, unfair, difficult, and exhausting (physically and mentally).

I’m sure you can relate – hours that never seem to end at a thankless job, the test results that tell you the cancer is back, the struggles of single parenthood, financial woes, the wear and tear of everyday life on top of all of the difficulties and struggles we each face.  Then add to that the news we hear of elementary school shootings, two-year-olds with terminal cancer, terrorist attacks and senseless bombings.

Sometimes it is literally hard to just keep breathing under the weight of everything going on in our lives.  Sometimes it feels like we cannot take another step. Sometimes it feels like one more thing, and we will crumble.

My soul feels crushed by the weight of this world.

My life is broken, and I need to know that good can come of it.  I’ve seen it time and time again, but sometimes I lose hope that this is all worth it.  That it is worth it to let people into the deepest parts of my life and let them see that I am not perfect, that I struggle just like anyone else.  I need to see that it’s all worth it in the end, that all the struggles and the pain and the heartache are coming to something greater than myself.

That You can mend a heart that seems beyond repair, that You can make beauty out of ashes.

I can’t do any of this in my own strength – I have to rely on God to get through not only each day, but each hour.  Let me see that there is a light in the dark world, that in some small way, my light can join with others to shine brightly, no matter how dim my light feels right now.  Give me a glimpse here on this earth that something better is coming.  Help me to trust You, no matter what life throws my way.  For I know that you are my Rock eternal, and that you are working in my life for your glory, even if it’s hard to see right now.  Even though I’m worn right now, I trust You to give me strength to keep putting one foot in front of the other, day after day.

Take heart, my friends, for He is the everlasting God, the one in whom we trust, who will sustain us even in the most difficult of times.