A Prayer for Hard Times

Spirit of Life and Love,

Be with us in this time, as people suffer, as parents grieve, as violence rages. Be with us who feel the pain of loss, who feel anger at injustice.

Be with the oppressed and change the heart of the oppressor, for we know that both are joined in their humanity, no matter how often we forget it.

Help us remember the hope we had, the hope we have, and the hope we will have; help us remember joy in the midst of sadness, success in the midst of challenge, and good things in the midst of bad.

Help us to be better people, to work for better things, and to create a better world.


About the Author

Christian Schmidt

Rev. Christian Schmidt is senior co-minister, with his wife, Rev. Kristin Grassel Schmidt, of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Berkeley. He grew up in Texas and has served congregations in Massachusetts, New Jersey, Maryland, and California.

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