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 Grace Kueber, who serves as a Protection Counselor at the UNHCR, shares a prayer for resilience. 


Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, hear us.
Christ, graciously hear us.

Through Your light and love, we may find comfort and resilience. Lord, by your cross and resurrection, you have set us free.

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.
 

Through my work, I constantly am witness to people pursuing the unknown. I am in awe of their courage and resilience to keep moving in a direction, where they don’t know where they’ll end up. They move with the hopes that people around them will step forward and help them. And that shows enormous strength. I often find when I am faced with an unknown, I try to think of the worst possible outcome and prepare for that. I like to feel in control through every foreseeable step, but I don’t think I find comfort in this. I think it brings about more anxiety and stress and fear. I am going to push myself to grow in ways of trust – trusting other people and trusting in God. That through His Light and love, I may find comfort and be more resilient while facing the unknowns.