We are tired, God

Dear God,

We are tired of the headlines

We are tired of the news

We are tired of the angry voices

We are tired of unarmed black lives lost to guns held by white hands

We are tired of arguments over who counts as a person deserving of rights

We are tired of men telling women what to do with their bodies.

We are tired of trying to win losing battles

We are tired of hating and of being hated

What do we do with our weariness?

Lay down and dip out of life until things get better?

Turn off our news alerts and our televisions?

Blame the Republicans? The Democrats? The feminists? The fundamentalists? The immigrants? Our neighbor?

What should we pray for?



An escape to a desert island?

We call on you for help, O God. Because we’ve run out of ideas and options.

Chase away the hate in our hearts and liberate us from our fears.

Lift us out of our compassion fatigue and light the fire in our souls.

Help us to find rest in You, and then show us a way forward from this place.


Rev. Anne Russ is an ordained pastor in the Presbyterian Church (USA), currently based in New York City. Doubting Believer provides tools and encouragement for the rollercoaster ride of your faith journey. Follow me on Facebook , Instagram and YouTube. You can also follow on TikTok. Get emails to keep up with all that is happening.

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