When we want to talk about ourselves


When we want to talk about ourselves,
Remind us others may have problems, too,
So we can ask, and listen,
Just like you.

When we feel sorry for ourselves,
Remind us others may be suffering, too,
So we can ask, and comfort them,
Like you.

When we crave support just for ourselves,
Remind us others may need cheering too,
So we can ask, and strengthen them,
Like you.

When we long for love to come our way,
Remind us others may feel lonely, too,
So we can ask, and love them,
Just like you.



How frail is humanity! How short is life, how full of trouble (Job 14:1; NLT).

They suffer painfully; their life is full of trouble (Job 14:22; NLT).

When Jesus heard them, he stopped and called, “What do you want me to do for you?” (Matthew 20:32; NLT).

Share each other’s burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ (Galatians 6:2; NLT).

Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn (Romans 12:15).

In all their suffering he also suffered (Isaiah 63:9; NLT).

All who grieve


May all who grieve, Lord,
Turn to you for comfort.

May all who suffer 
Know that they are blessed.

May all those facing trials, Lord,
Be strengthened.

May all those who are weary
Find your rest.



God blesses those who mourn, for they will be comforted (Matthew 5:4; NLT).

Those who suffer he delivers in their suffering; he speaks to them in their affliction (Job 36:15; NIV).

With your help I can advance against a troop, with my God I can scale a wall (2 Samuel 22:30; NIV).

Keep on seeking and you will find (Luke 11:9; NLT). 

Then Jesus said, “Come to me all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28; NLT).

So much suffering

Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows (John 16:33; NLT).

How frail is humanity! How short life is and full of trouble! (Job 14:1; NLT).

Father, if you are willing, please take this cup off suffering away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine (Luke 22:42; NLT).

Hold fast to him (Deuteronomy 10:20; NIV).



There’s so much suffering
In our brief, human lives,

Such pain to bear,
Such losses to sustain.

Please strengthen us
To face our trials bravely,

And help us to hold fast
Our faith, like you.

You know

For he knows how weak we are; he remembers we are only dust (Psalm 103:14; NLT).

O God, you know how foolish I am; my sins cannot be hidden from you (Psalm 69:5; NLT).

You know of my shame, scorn and disgrace (Psalm 69:19; NLT).

You know what I’m like –
Please help me.

You know what I’m like –
Please heal me.

You know what I’m like –
Please strengthen me.

You know what I’m like –
Please forgive me.

In Jesus’ name,


Instead, we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ (Ephesians 4:15; NLT).

When I was a child, I spoke and thought and reasoned as a child. But when I grew up, I put away childish things (1 Corinthians 13:11; NLT).

At sixty-two,
I’m grown up now –

Please help
And strengthen me,
So I can protect myself,
By speaking the truth
With love,
When people hurt me.

In Jesus’ name,



Then will the eyes of the blind be opened and the ears of the deaf unstopped. Then will the lame leap like a deer, and the mute tongue shout for joy
(Isaiah 35:5-6; NIV).

Jesus replied, “Go back and report to John what you hear and see: The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is proclaimed to the poor”
(Matthew 11:4-5; NIV).

I am blind –
Open my eyes,
So I can see your truth.

I am deaf –
Unstop my ears,
So I can hear your voice.

I am lame –
Strengthen my limbs,
So I can follow you.

I am mute –
Open my mouth,
So I can sing your praise.