“The great art and power of faith consist in seeing that which is not seen and in not seeing that which is nonetheless felt, aye, which oppresses and depresses a person; just as unbelief sees only what it feels and does not at all like to cling to that which it does not feel.
Therefore, God does not confront faith with trivial things but with such things as all the world cannot bear, like death, sin, the world and the devil. For all the world is not able to stand up against death but flees from it, is frightened by it, and is overpowered by it. But faith stands fast and battles with death, which devours all the world, and gains the victory over it and devours the insatiable devourer of human life.” ~Martin Luther
“This is the victory that overcomes the world, even our faith.” 1 John 5:4
Lord God, to you we look when troubles come our way, not to place blame on you for causing them, but to know that you are with us in the midst of them. You, who spared not your only Son, but watched as He bled and died on the cross and then raised Him from death to life, be our strength when we are weak and fearful. Thank you for the gift of faith that sees mercy in mayhem, peace in paradox, and truth in tragedy. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.