Gracious God, it is in some ways not correct for us to come to you in prayer asking for your presence, as if it might be the case that you are not here with us. Remind us that you are always with us; especially in those days when the circumstances of life may make it appear you are far away. Remind us as well, that you have never promised us that life would always be the way we want it, but you have always promised your presence and you love in this life filled with its imperfections, disappointments, and difficulties. Hear our prayer this day, in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior, who remained faithful even when he faced dark and difficult days. Amen.