God, in you we live and move and have our being; we humbly pray that you would guide your Holy Spirit to refresh us; give us strength to be ourselves and to stick it out in the wilderness with ourselves, with you. Lend us your courage to look honestly at ourselves and at you. May your eyes, your perspective, be our vision. Free us from resistance to our silence. Make our faith strong, sure that one day, it's not gonna be like this. In the name of Jesus the Christ, Amen.