Focus Scripture: Psalm 43:3-5 (NRSV) O send out your light and your truth; let them lead me; let them bring me to your holy hill and to your dwelling. Then I will go to the altar of God, to God my exceeding joy; and I will praise you with the harp, O God, my God. 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.
Faithful God, help us to know your presence today. Bad news confronts us on all sides. We are made to believe that nothing good exists around us. Then, we remember your faithfulness and wonder why we have allowed our souls to be cast down and disquieted. We place our hope in you today, O God. We embrace your light and truth and wrap it around ourselves as a blanket. In spite of everything that challenges us, we come to your altar and leave our burdens there. At the altar, we praise you with exceeding joy. And we place our hope in you, O God, our helper. In all things, we give you glory. We pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.