Save me, oh God, for the waters have come up to my neck. I sink in the miry depths where there is no foothold. I have come into deep waters; I am worn out calling for help. My throat is parched. My eyes fail, looking for God. (Psalm 69:1-3)
Lord, thank you for including prayers like this in your scripture, that let me know despair, shame and feeling helpless are a part of sharing in a real relationship with you. These honest feelings do not exclude me from your love. Amen.
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