weather_the_storm_by_capturedbykc-d61159aOur prayer this week has been prompted by the untimely deaths of Julie’s sister-in-law Michele and of the tennis player Elena Baltacha. These remind us of the temporary nature of life but also of the permanence of God. Our thoughts and prayer go with their families.

Lord, may the swirling storm clouds
remind me that I am a creature, not Creator,
that I am liable to suffer from the changes
and chances of this mortal life.
May the clouds teach me to look always to you,
the Creator of both storm and sunshine.
May they teach me to maintain joy
when life is frowning
and to maintain perspective in and out of season. Amen.