Have this on your mind and lips

‘[God] solemnly commands in Deuteronomy 6:6-8 that we should always meditate on His precepts, sitting, walking, standing, lying down, and rising. We should have them before our eyes and in our hands as a constant mark and sign. Clearly He did not solemnly require and command this without a purpose. For he knows our danger and need, as well as the constant and furious assaults and temptations of devils. He wants to warn, equip, and preserve us against them, as with a good amor against their fiery darts [Ephesians 6:10-17] and with good medicine against their evil infection and temptation.’

Martin Luther, Large Catechism, Longer Preface

Put your trust in this one sure thing

“Lord, Thee I love with all my heart;
I pray Thee, ne’er from me depart;
With tender mercy cheer me.
Earth has no pleasure I would share,
Yea, Heav’n itself were void and bare
If Thou, Lord, wert not near me.
And should my heart for sorrow break,
My trust in Thee can nothing shake.
Thou art the portion I have sought;
Thy precious blood my soul has bought.
Lord Jesus Christ,
My God and Lord, my God and Lord,
Forsake me not! I trust Thy Word.”

Lord, Thee I Love With All My Heart (LSB 708)

 

A cry of gratitude

“I love the Lord because he heard my voice, he heard my cry for mercy. Because he turned his ear to me, I will call on him as long as I live.

Return to your rest, my soul, for the Lord has been good to you. 

For you, Lord, have delivered me from death, my eyes from tears, my feet from stumbling, that I may walk before the Lord in the land of the living.

Return to your rest, my soul, for the Lord has been good to you. 

What shall I return to the Lord for all his goodness to me? I will life up the cup of salvation and call on the name of the Lord. I will fulfil my vows to the Lord, in the presence of all his people.

Return to your rest, my soul, for the Lord has been good to you.”

Psalm 116 (Adapted, source unknown). 

 

And now a quiet word with the Holy Spirit

“Holy Spirit, I ask you for the gift of Wisdom to better know you and your divine perfection, for the gift of Understanding to clearly discern the spirit of the mysteries of the holy faith, for the gift of Counsel that I may live according to the principles of this faith, for the gift of Knowledge that I may look for counsel in You and that I may always find it in You, for the gift of Fortitude that no fear or earthly preoccupation would ever separate me from You, for the gift of piety that I may always serve your Majesty with a filial love, for the gift of the Fear of the Lord that I may dread sin, which offends you, O my God.”

(Prayer given to Karol Wojtyla by his father, taken from Jason Evert’s book ‘Saint John Paul the Great: His Five Loves’)

Insights on the hidden power of suffering

“When human suffering is understood in its deepest meaning, it ceases to be something negative that is experienced in a passive manner. Rather, one becomes free to meet suffering with courage, seeing it as an opportunity for active and positive collaboration in the work of human redemption. Through God’s grace, it … is no longer wasted. For this reason, John Paul exclaimed, “Prayer joined to sacrifice constitutes the most powerful force in human history.”‘

Jason Evert, ‘Saint John Paul the Great: His Five Loves’.