When I feel alone and afraid, help me hold fast to your promises. When fear and worry threaten to sweep away my house, help me shore up its foundations by not being anxious about tomorrow (Matthew 6:34). Let your words of love sink into my weary heart to renew me and ward off despair and self-pity.
My God, whenever the winds blow, remind me to plead with you, using the very words you inspired. “Why have you forgotten me? Why must I walk about mournfully because the enemy oppresses me?” (Psalm 42:9). Remind me to comfort my soul with the prayer of your psalmist: “Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my help and my God” (42:5-6).
O Eternal Word, you are with me and in me! I need never feel empty, for you fill my house to overflowing with your presence, your peace, and your love. I need never give in to fear, for you are faithful, and your deeds are marvelous. I need never submit to weakness, for your grace can make me strong.
Lord, I believe that as I walk by the light of your word, all gloom will vanish, and my spirit will be refreshed. So let the rains fall. Let the floods come. Let the winds blow and beat upon my house! It will stand and not crumble, for it is built on you, who are my Rock!
“Come, let us sing to the Lord and shout with joy to the rock who saves us! Let us praise the truthfulness, fidelity, and magnificence of our God! Come, let us lift up our heads and join in the chorus of saints and angels who stand before his throne. Let us make Mary’s words of praise our own: ‘My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior!’ (Luke1:46-47), Let us build on and with the living Word of God!"