Gracious Lord, it is difficult to have a heart of gratitude when things hurt,
yet you would have us trust in you no matter the circumstance.
I pray for couples who are in great hurt and pain today
because of hurt and pain that happened years, decades ago.
Lord help us to sort the old from the new
so that we can deal realistically in the here and now.
Help us to confront old hurts so that we don’t replicate them again and again.
Heal the old so that the present can also be healed. Help us to trust and have gratitude
for your hand on our every step. For your children who hurt in this way we pray. Amen.
By Jack Ragland