Sometimes—or maybe often—the road ahead seems really difficult and dark. Our faith is tested, and we can't figure it all out. So our only recourse is prayer. I have found this prayer, from the 3rd and 4th century Christian theologian and pastor, Augustine of Hippos, immensely powerful and comforting:
God of our life, there are days when the burdens we carry chafe our shoulders and weigh us down; when the road seems dreary and endless, the skies gray and threatening; when our lives have no music in them, and our hearts are lonely, and our souls have lost their courage. Flood the path with light, turn our eyes to where the skies are full of promise; turn our hearts to brave music; give us the sense of comradeship with heroes and saints of every age; and so quicken our spirits that we may be able to encourage the souls of all who journey with us on the road of life to your honor and glory.
Let me know what you think.