In times of despair we are comforted to know that others are holding our pain and praying for us. It’s what intercessors do; one of the benefits is that they are not personally and emotionally involved in the situation and thus keep clear and pure the energy and channels to God.
But where does the person in pain go for solace? The Psalms and the Gospels are my favorite places to turn. Psalms of lament, but also psalms of praise and thanksgiving. Jesus’ challenging parables, but also his reminder to consider the lilies of the field.
In times of despair I pray for particular outcomes; that’s the best I can do. Sometimes I get the chosen resolution, sometimes I don’t. God understands my human cry for help. But regardless, I always feel embraced in God’ love, whatever that means. It feels right. I am not alone.