Hope for what seems hopeless

by Jon (Australia)

I am praying for the strength to stand up and be counted.

I have lost hope and feel the threat of evil all around.
Shed light on my darkness.
Give me the strength to shield me from the slings and arrows of the world.

I feel embarrassed and ashamed of my upbringing and of what I have become as a result.
Give me the strength to change my behaviors,my thinking and my actions which hurt others.
Please give me the strength to give love,compassion and strength to others and live again with love,hope,patience and understanding.