One of our writers sent this story, describing what gave her hope at a very hard time in her life. Maybe it will encourage you or someone you care about:
I was overwhelmed and facing the reality of a difficult and painful situation, and I came to a point where it felt like nothing could take away the hurt. Knowing nothing that she could say at the time would make me feel better, my friend shared with me that sometimes the only thing that would comfort her was the word of God. But I didn’t really know where to look in my Bible. That week, my pastor sent me an email saying that he was praying the following Psalm for me. When I looked it up in my Bible, and I read these first few verses, I was overcome, knowing that he was praying this to God on my behalf. These Bible verses were what kept me going. This is my prayer for you too, if you are reading this.
1 In times of trouble, may the Lord answer your cry.
May the name of the God of Jacob keep you safe from all harm.
2 May he send you help from his sanctuary
and strengthen you from Jerusalem.
3 May he remember all your gifts
and look favorably on your burnt offerings.
4 May he grant your heart’s desires
and make all your plans succeed.
5 May we shout for joy when we hear of your victory
and raise a victory banner in the name of our God.
May the Lord answer all your prayers.
I thought, I will be safe from all harm. God will send help. He will make my plans succeed, even grant me my heart’s desires. “When we hear of Your Victory” — what a hopeful phrase! When, not If. My Victory. I didn’t know what that victory would look like, exactly, but it would be one that would bring glory to the name of our God. To know that someone was praying to the Lord that He would answer all my prayers, this was double assurance that God cared, and He would indeed listen.