Lord, thank you for the challenges that we face.

They help us to build resilience.

They remind us to appreciate the moments of peace.

They teach us invaluable lessons that can’t be learned in comfortable times.

They force us to think.

They remind us that we are alive.

They enable us to experience the full range of emotions.

Lord, thank you for the challenges that we face.

Give us the strength required to overcome them.

Give us the courage required to confront them.

Give us the perspective required to understand them.

Amen.