This Sunday we’ll use the words of the Psalmist as we listen to the readings: “I waited patiently upon the Lord; * he stooped to me and heard my cry.” and “Happy are they who trust in the Lord! * they do not resort to evil spirits or turn to false gods.” (Psalm 40:1,4 BCP translation).
And yet, we’ve all experienced moments of frustration, hopelessness, even despair. We may have experienced times when, despite our fervent prayers, despite our “trust in the Lord” nothing seemed to be happening. “Lord, help me to persist” is a prayer from one of my favorite teachers, Marian Wright Edelman, it is for you, it is for all who wait patiently upon the Lord even as they cry out for help. ~Fr. Dan
Lord, help me to persist
although I want to give up.Lord, help me to keep trying
although I can’t see what good it does.Lord, help me to keep praying
although I’m not sure You hear me.Lord, help me to keep living
in ways that seek to please You.Lord, help me to know
when to lead and when to follow.Lord, help me to know
when to speak and when to remain silent.Lord, help me to know
when to act and when to wait.
A prayer by Marian Wright Edelman in Guide My Feet: Prayers and Meditations on Loving and Working for Children (Boston: Beacon Press, 1995) p. 65