Help us, Adonai our God, to find the many blessings that mark our lives. We ask that you especially make them apparent to us when we are struggling the most. In times of great stress it is easy for evil to tempt us to lose faith. May our faith be strengthened as we are burnished with the events that form us. Allow us to transform the events that have caused us pain, or made our soul hurt into a recognition that they will one day provide us with the empathy and compassion to be the person standing by another who is in a deep valley like the ones we have felt and have climbed out to the other side. Let us find our mentors when we need them and provide the same for others when it is our time to minister. Let your Spirit fill us now and always. Amen.