Help us to reclaim what we once had but may have lost along the way.
Help us to reclaim the joy of your salvation.
We know more than we used to know and we’ve experienced things that have saddened and hardened us. Such is the way of life. So we don’t ask to be returned to a time of naiveté; we don’t ask to be able to pretend that reality is not reality and that life is not hard.
We do ask, though, that we reclaim the heart-felt and spirit-experienced joy that comes from knowing that you love us and that you allow us to love you. Let the relationship with you that is always ours be a source of constant joy and gladness, no matter what else is going on in and around us.
We don’t ask for a joy that we experience instead of the grief, sorrow, and pain that life can bring.
We ask rather for a joy that we experience in the midst of the grief, sorrow, and pain that life can bring.
Help us to reclaim the joy of your salvation. But let it be a more knowing and more mature joy than it has ever been before.