Eighth day of Lent: prayer and reading
Compassionate Father, our shield and fortress, may your presence be felt by those full of hurt and loss. These days have been full of trials and pain for so many.
You Lord go before us. You hedge us in before and behind so that we cannot stray from your loving Spirit within us. Fill the downcast with your comfort and strength.
Give the grieving hope that this world is not our destiny. Bring healing to the hurting. You know the aches and groans of your people. Thank you for being with us and being all our thirsty souls need.
Merciful Father, accept our prayers for the sake of your Son, our Saviour, Jesus Christ.
April reads the eighth reading from Rooted in Love: Lent reflections on life in Christ.