channels of your blessing

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St. Paul Visiting St. Peter in Prison, by Filippino Lippi c 1481

Use us, Lord, as channels of your blessing for those in detention,
especially any who are in particular distress at this moment.
We thank you for the courage of those who suffer for truth and freedom;
and we ask not only that they may be strengthened by our prayers
but also that we will be inspired by their example;
in the love of Jesus Christ our Lord.

Angela Ashwin, English Christian author

The Book of a Thousand Prayers

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For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ,
so also our comfort abounds through Christ.
If we are distressed, it is for your comfort and salvation;
if we are comforted, it is for your comfort,
which produces in you patient endurance of the same sufferings we suffer.
And our hope for you is firm,
because we know that just as you share in our sufferings,
so also you share in our comfort.

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