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A Prayer against Despair
By Kristine Brown

“To all who mourn in Israel, he will give a crown of beauty for ashes, a joyous blessing instead of mourning, festive praise instead of despair. In their righteousness, they will be like great oaks that the Lord has planted for his own glory.” (Isaiah 61:3 NLT)

I had a conversation with an old friend the other day. We joked about the past, reliving fun memories of our younger days. But through the smiles and laughs, something triggered a painful memory. That night, I couldn’t get it out of my mind. The next day— wouldn’t you know it— I woke up with symptoms of a cold. Now, not only did my thoughts reel from the painful memory; my physical body languished as well. It seemed the enemy was hitting me from every side. Before I knew it, despair overcame me. I wanted to get up. Get moving. Get back to my normal daily life, but I just couldn’t do it. So, what do we do when despair threatens to overtake us? 

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