Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and the God of all consolation, who consoles us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to console those who are in any affliction with the consolation with which we ourselves are consoled by God.
For just as the sufferings of Christ are abundant for us, so also our consolation is abundant through Christ. If we are being afflicted, it is for your consolation and salvation; if we are being consoled, it is for your consolation, which you experience when you patiently endure the same sufferings that we are also suffering.
Our hope for you is unshaken; for we know that as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our consolation.
A Prayer: End with a formal prayer, such as the Lord's Prayer/Our Father
Begin by stilling and asking God to come with you and look back over your life.
Become aware of the times where there was a feeling of emptiness, joyless times, times of desolation.
At the end of your prayer you can look back and ask:
Does it have something to say to you?
How does it make you feel?
Take time to pray with today's reading;
or you may like to ponder on the meditation.
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