“As a Testimony”
Forgive us, Lord, for the carelessness and shallowness that sometimes characterize our faith; forgive us for thinking and for acting as if our lives bear witness to your presence in them best when—or only when—we are healthy, wealthy, and well regarded.
Remind us, Lord, that the most meaningful and most effective testimony we can offer is a faithfulness that is practiced and a joy that is experienced even when—especially when—we are suffering, poor, and badly regarded—or disregarded.
Help us to be a testimony in all circumstances to your presence in us in all circumstances.
“Beware of them, for they will hand you over to councils and flog you in their synagogues; and you will be dragged before governors and kings because of me, as a testimony to them and the Gentiles.” (Matthew 10:17-18)