A Collect to Embrace the Good and Bad

Merciful Lord, who shares with us in our joy and our pain, let us not eschew the sufferings that this broken world offers, and teach us to accept them as part of the good that you are working in order to redeem us all, that we, like your earthly mother, would remain rooted in the story that you are weaving and be part of the beautiful tapestry you will ultimately create in and for all, through you who reigns with the Father and Holy Spirit. Amen. ‘ Then Simeon blessed them and said to his mother Mary, “This child is destined for the falling and the rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be opposed so that the inner thoughts of many will be revealed–and a sword will pierce your own soul too.”‘ – Luke 2:34-35