A Collect to Anticipate Trouble Yet Trust

God of heaven and earth, in whose hands is the whole of creation, keep us from trusting in the lie that we will never see calamity and suffering, but let us look and hold on to you even in the struggles we will face, knowing that you are yet sovereign and control all things, through Jesus Christ our Lord, who reigns with you and the Holy Spirit in glory, now and forever. Amen. ‘When you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be alarmed; this must take place, but the end is still to come. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; there will be earthquakes in various places; there will be famines. This is but the beginning of the birthpangs.’ – Mark 13:7-8