You put me on the stretch, O God.
You do me the honor of putting me to the test
as You once tested our Father Abraham.
You bid me do the impossible:
not only to endure
the tempering heat of trial
but to rejoice in it–impossible!
But Your Son did not find it impossible
when You tried Him with failure.
He rejoiced in the Holy Spirit
and gave thanks to You
when You took from Him
the wise and understanding
and revealed Him only to babes,
to the inconsequential little ones
in whom Your love delights.
Your servant Paul found it possible.
Your servant James found it possible.
And You are my Father just as You are theirs.
I thank You for all proofs of Fatherhood.
I thank You for the trials I meet.
Give me the heart to meet them unafraid,
to joy in them as I rejoice in You. Amen.
Prayer by Martin H. Franzmann, Pray For Joy
“Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.” James 1:2-4
Remembering on this day the trials that began in New York 15 years ago….