For A Friend in Difficulty

Gracious God, let your grace surround the one I love and give them hope in their troubles.  It is hard for me to hear the sadness and despair in their voice, and I feel helpless to erase their pain.  The words of comfort I offer are merely temporary band-aids.  It is your healing touch alone that will bring light into their darkness, hope into their heart, joy into their soul.  Sweep gently through their life that their struggle may cease and they may know your peace. I ask this for the sake of your love.  Amen.