For all the friends we have lost...
For all the family that has shunned us...
The Lord has heard our cries.
You are not alone.
Put your hope in Him.
Have mercy on me, LORD, for I am in distress.
Tears blur my eyes. My body and soul are withering away.
I am dying from grief, my years are shortened by sadness.
Sin has drained my strength;
I am wasting away from within.
I am scorned by all my enemies and despised by my neighbors-
even my friends are afraid to come near me.
When they see me on the street, they run the other way.
I am ignored as if I were dead, as if I were a broken pot.
I have heard the many rumors about me, and I am surrounded by terror.
My enemies conspire against me, plotting to take my life.
But I am trusting you, O LORD, saying, "You are my God!"
My future is in your hands. Rescue me from those who hunt me down relentlessly.
Let your favor shine on your servant. In your unfailing love, rescue me.
Don't let me be disgraced, O LORD, for I call out to you for help.
Let the wicked be disgraced; let them lie silent in the grave.
Silence their lying lips-those proud and arrogant lips that accuse the godly.
How great is the goodness you have stored up for those who fear you.
You lavish it on those who come to you for protection, blessing them
before the watching world.
You hide them in the shelter of your presence, safe from those who conspire
You shelter them in your presence, far from accusing tongues.
Praise the LORD, for he has shown me the wonders of his unfailing love.
He kept me safe when my city was under attack.
In panic I cried out, "I am cut off from the LORD!"
But you heard my cry of mercy and answered my call for help.
Love the LORD, all you godly ones! For the LORD protects those
who are loyal to him, but he harshly punishes the arrogant.
So be strong and courageous, all who put your hope in the LORD!
Psalm 31:9-24 New Living Translation