A Collect to Take Courage in Struggle and Suffering

Lord Jesus, teacher and worker of miracles, grant that we should understand our struggles and suffering as a means of sharing in your life and in the life of your saints, that we might not be weighed down by trials but be drawn closer to you, through you who died and was exalted to the highest place with the Father through the Holy Spirit. Amen. ‘And this is God’s doing. For he has graciously granted you the privilege not only of believing in Christ, but of suffering for him as well — since you are having the same struggle that you saw I had and now hear that I still have.’ – Phil. 1:28-30