I prayed to the Lord, and he answered me.
He freed me from all my fears.
Those who look to him for help will be radiant with joy;
no shadow of shame will darken their faces.
In my desperation I prayed, and the Lord listened;
For the angel of the Lord is a guard;
he surrounds and defends all who fear him.
But we also rejoice in our sufferings,
because we know that suffering produces perseverance;
perseverance, character; and character, hope.
And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured
out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.
He has made everything beautiful in its time.
Wait for the Lord
and let your heart take courage
wait for the Lord.
Let all that I am wait quietly before God,
for my hope is in him.
What we suffer now
is nothing compared to the glory,
he will reveal to us later.
Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds,
because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.
Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete,
not lacking anything.
Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.
Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding
in all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make your paths straight.
The Lord is close to the brokenhearted
and saves those who are crushed in spirit.