Dear God, you spoke to me today of small consolations. I confess to being a day behind on Morning Prayer, to using your prayers to help my racing mind be calm and find rest.

The reader read from Job chapter 15, in his beautiful British accent: “Are the consolations of God too small for you, or the word that deals gently with you? Why does your heart carry you away, and why do your eyes flash, so that you turn your spirit against God?”

It was a smack on the mouth, God.

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I sat bolt upright. It was a word from you in a place where signs and wonders have all but disappeared.

Forgive me when I overlook your consolations.

Forgive me when I don’t realize that others are dealing gently with me.

Forgive me when my heart carries me away and my rebellious eyes flash, when my spirit turns from you yet again to pursue my own way.

Thank you for this word, this reminder that your consolations are enough, that you promised to take the burdens of we who are heavy laden. Thank you for rest.

Thank you for signs and wonders and consolation. Give me ears to hear and eyes to see. Create in me a clean heart, O God.


Alicia Hager resides in West Michigan and is a Postulant to the Sacred Order of Priests in the Episcopal Church. Alicia enjoys spending time with her daughters and her husband, is bonkers about her cats, and blogs at

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