Pause + Pray

Mercy in the Midst of Melancholy


As hard as it is to cope with, sadness is a part of life and a hidden opportunity to get closer to God. In our sorrows we are brought into solidarity with Jesus, who wept bitterly in the Garden of Gethsemane. May this prayer about sadness bring you some light in the darkness you are experiencing.


Dear Lord,
tears are streaming
down my face
and I feel alone,
separate from you
and from those I love.

Only your love and mercy
can turn this sorrow
into strength.

I pray to you
to reach into
the broken places
in my heart

and mend them.


What causes you sadness? Meditate on how your suffering is not meaningless, but rather a tool for cultivating compassion.

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