I want to conclude my series on prayers that have pulled me and others through with a prayer from the United Church of Christ Book of Worship which may not be as well-known as some of the others but has taken on deep significance to me:
“O God of love,
we are wayfarers in this world,
prone to erratic changes of course,
to lose sight of our goals,
to becoming so discouraged by the journey
that we will hitch a ride on anything that comes along.
Help us on our way, O God.
If we change our course,
let it be not in self-interest,
but in order to share the love of Christ with another sojourner.
If we lose sight of our goals,
let our quest bring us as curious people
to honest searching of our faith.
If we become weary and discouraged
and forget that you are with us,
let it lead to recognition of our need for you.
As we travel in a world that sometimes
seems a trackless, hostile wilderness,
we ask that your Spirit sustain, encourage, and enable us to go on.
In the name of Jesus Christ, who walked before us, Amen.”
I think that says it all. Amen and Amen.