Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest

We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair. … We were harassed at every turn—conflicts on the outside, fears within. Continue reading

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I know that you have little strength

Now, Lord my God, I am only a little child and do not know how to carry out my duties. … “Alas, Sovereign Lord,” I said, “I do not know how to speak; I am too young.” Continue reading

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You are always righteous, Lord … I would speak with you about your justice

Why does the way of the wicked prosper? Why do all the faithless live at ease? … How long, Lord, must I call for help, but you do not listen? Or cry out to you, “Violence!” but you do not save? … The law is paralyzed, and justice never prevails. The wicked hem in the righteous, so that justice is perverted. … They make ready their tongue like a bow, to shoot lies; it is not by truth that they triumph in the land. They go from one sin to another. Continue reading

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I am being threatened; Lord, come to my aid!

Have mercy on me, Lord, for I am faint. My soul is in deep anguish. How long, Lord, how long? … Do not be far from me, for trouble is near and there is no one to help. … You hurled me into the depths; all your waves and breakers swept over me. … The engulfing waters threatened me, the deep surrounded me. … From the ends of the earth I call to you, I call as my heart grows faint; lead me to the rock that is higher than I. … I am laid low in the dust; preserve my life according to your word. Continue reading

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I was given a thorn in my flesh … to torment me

Why are you so far from saving me, so far from my cries of anguish? … I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint. My heart has turned to wax; it has melted within me. You lay me in the dust of death. Dogs surround me, a pack of villains encircles me; they pierce my hands and my feet. All my bones are on display; people stare and gloat over me. … Being in anguish, … punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted. … Jesus wept. Continue reading

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We were reconciled to him through the death of his Son

We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. Continue reading

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Then all the disciples deserted him and fled

Turn to me and be gracious to me, for I am lonely and afflicted. … This is why I weep and my eyes overflow with tears. No one is near to comfort me, no one to restore my spirit. … I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever. … I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. Continue reading

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God richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment

My soul glorifies the Lord. … For the Mighty One has done great things for me—holy is his name. … He has lifted up the humble. … He has helped his servant. Continue reading

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He drove the man out

Get rid of that slave woman and her son. … Abraham sent her off with the boy. She went on her way and wandered. … Isaac sent Jacob on his way. … Though my father and mother forsake me, the Lord will receive me. … Praise be to God, who has not rejected my prayer or withheld his love from me! Continue reading

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How happy I am!

The people of Judah and Israel were as numerous as the sand on the seashore; they ate, they drank and they were happy. … For the Jews it was a time of happiness and joy, gladness and honor. Continue reading

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