Dear God ….
Please take this hurt away.
Help me to get through this night without crying myself to sleep.
Please give my niece the desire to know us and the wisdom to believe us.
Take all this bad and make it beautiful.
Forgive us for the forgiveness we cannot yet manage.
Break away the barriers outsiders have put in our family way.
Carry us during this time we can barely stand on our own feet.
Prepare us for what the future holds.
Brighten the darkness in our thoughts.
Remind us that evil never prevails over good.
Give us the patience to wait.
Keep us together even though we’re apart.
Quiet the chaos.
Take the burdens and make them blessings.
Protect us from the lies told against us.
Comfort us during this painful tribulation.
Release us from the bondage of bitterness.
Guide us and keep us.
These things I pray with all my heart, in Jesus’ name …. Amen.