A Collect for the 3rd Week after Pentecost

Merciful Lord, who has known trials and suffering and who has acknowledged that we will endure the same, give us strength to hold on to your care for us, that we will not be left alone in the wilderness to die, but are beloved in your sight, and give us also courage to take up our crosses and follow you into death, that we might find the life that you have prepared for us, who with the Father and Holy Spirit live forever in Heaven, one God, now and forever. Amen. Hagar and the Angel by Giuseppe Bottani #Collect #Prayer #Death #Cross #Hagar #Ishmael