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“I looked in vain for one friendly face. Not one. I couldn’t find one shoulder to cry on”.

Ps 69:20 EHP

Most people go through bad times. For some people it is so bad that it seems to be most of the time. When you asked one person, in the morning, “How are you?” he would reply, “Well, how much time have you got?” It was all a joke but yes, some people seem to have a sad tale to tell – always. The only thing that varies is the circumstance. You wonder if it’s genuine, or if they’re sucking it out of their thumb just to get sympathy. But life is almost never easy, and some people come a cropper – more than once. Their problems and sadness colour their whole existence. And sometimes sheer bad luck bedevils them. Whilst some people claim that “You make your own luck” and there is some truth in that, it is not always the case. Life is not fair, and some people seem to cop more than their fair share of misfortune. But it is also true that the real challenge of life is not what comes to you, but what you make of what comes to you.

The psalmist who wrote Psalm 69 was one of the people who had a disproportionate amount of adversity. It had the effect of cutting him off from those who might help, support and counsel him. And he wallowed in his misfortune and misery – which made it worse.

If you have an abnormal run of adversity, take courage from the awareness that God does love you and will bring you through. Repeat to yourself those marvellous words of Christ, “I will be with you always, to the end of the age” (Matt 28:20, GNB).


Lord, strengthen and help me through the tough times.


Lord I pray for the world as it wrestles with its problem of climate change. Help those who can make decisions to understand the causes and the nature of the problem. Prompt the people of the world to work together to reduce the bad effects for all. I ask it in Jesus’ name. AMEN

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1 Peter 4:1–11

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