Editor’s Note: As we journey through the sacred season of Lent, our Overseas Lay Missioners and DC Service Corps volunteers will be compiling a Lenten Litany, each writing a one-line prayer close to their hearts. Today, DC Service Corps volunteer Victoria Wangler shares a prayer for greater trust in God’s goodness. 


Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, hear us.
Christ, graciously hear us.
 
When I fall into fear and grief instead of embracing Your everlasting love and trusting in the goodness You bring. Lord, by your cross and resurrection, you have set us free.
 
When we don’t give ourselves the grace that Christ has bought for us. Lord, by your cross and resurrection, you have set us free.
 
When I doubt Your desire to heal and restore me. Lord, by your cross and resurrection, you have set us free.
 
May our prayers, and those from around the world, for peace in Ukraine be heard and manifested through your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. Lord, by your cross and resurrection, you have set us free.
 
Light the path of the migrants in the desert, keeping them from harm. Lord, by your cross and resurrection, you have set us free.

When the darkness moves in
swallowing me
in its mouth of fog, damp dread

pressing its unwelcome face 
against my shaking heart.

When the night is long and starless
and I am lost
under the blank sky,

tracing patterns on my palms
and whispering old words into the wind.

When I fall back into disbelief 
and fear,
somehow believing that I am 

unwanted
and broken.

Come to me, my God.
Wipe clean every trace of doubt
and fill my mouth with gladness.

May I forever
sing Your name like sunlight.

May I kneel down and be raised
into Your embrace
that is unfailing. 

Until I come home, let me see
that You are everything I need. 

By Victoria Wangler