A Collect for Joy in the Midst of Challenge and Conflict

Merciful Lord, who knows our struggles, having shared our fragile form, light in us always a spark of joy, even in the midst of challenge and conflict, that we might be grounded in you and the goodness of your character and your gifts and so be secure in the knowledge of your nearness, through you who speaks beauty and goodness in to the world with the Father through the Holy Spirit. Amen. ‘And you became imitators of us and of the Lord, for in spite of persecution you received the word with joy inspired by the Holy Spirit.’ –