read Psalms 60-64
Lord, we are often worn down by the problems and disappointments in our lives. The stresses of the modern world at times make us want to escape from it all. The world outside, too, seems riddled with hatred and violence, with deception and greed, with prejudice and disdain for others. And amidst all of this unrest, we still seek stubbornly to fulfill our own desires and ambitions. Help us to see once again that only in you do we find rest for our souls; only in you do we find salvation. May we find renewed hope by standing on the rock of our salvation. For when we stand in your strength, we need not escape from the world. We need but to live with the assurance that you are strong and that you love us.