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The Lord Is My Chef Daily Recipe for the Soul by Fr. Nicanor F. Lalog II Monday in the Sixth Week of Easter, 15 May 2023 Acts 16:11-15 ><)))*> + ><)))*> + ><)))*> John 15:26-16:4
Dearest Jesus, this prayer is for those who are about to quit, for those who feel like giving up, for those losing hope and meaning in life because of failures and disappointments, of sickness and medical conditions, of all kinds of brokenness.
Send them your Holy Spirit, Lord, to touch their hearts and souls, to enlighten their minds and their hearts that they are loved, that nothing happens in life without your knowing, and most of all, setbacks are temporary; not all days are bright and shiny!
Console, dear Jesus, those at the edge of giving up their dreams and goals, of giving up in life; let them see the beautiful journey they have taken even though marred and punctuated with losses and defeats; give them strength and courage to move on, to forge on, to persevere like St. Paul; give them breaks to lighten their loads, to put smiles on their lips, and deep sighs of relief with little moments of grace and consolation.
For those undergoing different forms of persecution in life, keep them strong testifying and witnessing to your truth, Jesus; despite the many oppositions and darkness we face in life, let us still choose love because it is stronger than fear, life which is stronger than death, hope that is stronger than despair; let us choose you always, dear Jesus, because it is always worth the risk in following your Cross. Amen.