Marvin R. Vincent, Prayer for Sunday 11-6-2022
O Eternal and ever-blessed God, clouds and darkness are round about you, but justice and judgment are the habitation of your throne; mercy and truth go before your face. Our flesh and our heart fail; but you are the strength of our heart, and our portion forever. Merciful God and heavenly Father, who has taught us in your holy Word that you do not willingly afflict or grieve the children of men, look with pity, we ask you, upon the sorrows of your servants, that while they mourn they may not murmur or faint under your rod; but, remembering your unnumbered past and present mercies, your promises, and all your love in Christ, may resign themselves meekly into your hands, to be taught and disciplined by you. Sanctify your fatherly correction to them. Endue their souls with patience under their affliction, and with resignation to your blessed will. Comfort them with a sense of your goodness and compassion; and grant that, loosened from earthly ties, they may cleave the more closely to you, who brings life out of death, and who can turn their grief into eternal joy, through Jesus Christ our Lord.