A Lenten Collect to Hope in Christ’s Returning

Lord Jesus Christ, who ascended in the heavens, we sometimes feel as if you have abandoned us here, and we are left alone. Kindle in us the faith and hope that you will return, that we might be able to persevere until your coming, through you who lives and reigns with the Father and Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen. “‘See, your house is left to you. And I tell you, you will not see me until the time comes when you say, ‘Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord.’” – Luke 13:35