No Smooth Path

like all people, 
I am born to trouble 
as surely as 
the sparks fly upward (Job 5:7). 

Help me not to expect 
a smooth path through life, 
as though I deserve comfort, 
even luxury. 

Help me to greet adversity as opportunity, 
and to trust you and glorify
whether my way is easy or hard, 
stormy or smooth, 
in Jesus' name, amen.

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