Lord, how good it is for us to be here -- Matthew 17

Teen Playlist: Faith in a Hurting World

This month's prayer playlist is all about how God is close to us when we suffer.  

God does not send or desire our suffering, and Jesus does not leave us alone in darkness. 

He draws near and enters in with us.

The offerings below will help you pray through your dark times and feel Jesus with you when you are hurting.

(You can find more Prayer Playlists for teens HERE.)

 

You can find our focus Scripture passage of the month here:

                      Luke 8:40-56             Jesus Heals:  A Girl Restored to Life and a Woman Healed

And you can listen to a guided meditation on Luke 8 from Pray As You Go HERE.

 

Here are some blogs from Lifeteen about how to live through and pray through suffering:

                      Bring whatever pain you are in to God:

                                                         Learning to Lament

                      Learn how to be there for a friend in need:

                                                        Why Saying Everything Happens for a Reason Doesn't Help

                       Get advice on how to deal with grief:

                                                        Steps to Take When You're Trying to Serve Through Grief

                       When you need to reach out for help but don't know how:

                                                         How to Say "I'm Not OK"

                       Encouragement on getting help from a mental health professional:

                                                         You Need Jesus...and a Therapist

 

 

                      For an explanation of why bad things happen to good people, try Catholic Central:  The Problem of Evil.

                      For tips on how to feel better when things are hard, try Spiritually Healthy Ways to Soothe Emotional Pain.

                      Wondering where God is when you are suffering?  Watch Rain from the Nooma video series.  

                      Need to be reminded that we are in it together?  Be inspired by this clip from James Corbin's Late, Late Show during the lockdown.

                                                The cast of Dear Evan Hansen performs You Will Be Found.

 

 

Here are some songs to pray with when you're hurting.

                      Austin French, Why God

                      Laura Story, Blessings 

                      Tenth Avenue North, Worn

                      Matt Maher, As Good As It Gets  

                      Matt Maher, Run to the Father

                      Tauren Wells, Hills and Valleys

                      Tasha Layton, Into the Sea (It's Gonna Be OK)

                        

 

 

Spend some time in prayer (just in your head, or maybe writing/sketching in your journal) wondering:

                      How comfortable do you feel talking to your parents about your feelings?

                      Do you feel like you have enough trusted adults and friends in your circle right now?  Have you been able to sit down and talk with someone you trust lately about how you're doing?

                      When you get caught up in the stress of life, what makes it hard for you to stop in your tracks and recognize when you need to ask for help?

                      Sometimes we all need a place to put our pain.  What's a "container" where you can set your feelings down and feel more at peace? (it might be prayer, sharing your worries with someone who cares about you, journaling, art, music, physical activity, etc).

                      In what ways have you experienced suffering or hurt in your life?  What hurts most in your life right now?

                      Can you let Jesus hold that hurt for you, knowing that he draws close to us in suffering and understands our pain?   

 

 

Try these 3-minute retreats from Loyola Press:

                      Help in Troubled Times

                      Nothing is Impossible for God

                      Light in Darkness 

 

The Book of Psalms is a great place to pray through your emotions.  There are psalms for every feeling and situation.  When you are hurting, it's especially helpful to turn to the Psalms of Lament and the Psalms of Petition.  Here are a few prayer session outlines to get you started praying with the Psalms:

                       Psalms of Lament

                                                   Read Psalm 6 HERE

                                                   Listen to the song Worn as you journal or sit quieting reflecting on these questions:

                                                   What line from the Psalm is most meaningful to you right now?

                                                   What makes you feel worn and weary in your life right now?

                                                   Bring these feelings to God and let him hold them.

                       Psalsm of Petition

                                                   Read Psalm 86 HERE

                                                   Listen to the song Lord, I Need You as you journal or sit quietly reflecting on these questions:

                                                   What line from the Psalm is most meaningful to you right now?

                                                   What do you need to ask for God's help with right now?

                                                   Put these petitions in God's hands (it's nice to do this in your journal or God Box if you have one -- see next item on this Playlist)       

 

Create a God Box or Prayer Box.  A God Box can help us let go of the things that are troubling us and be a sign of placing our worries and hurts in God's hands. It can serve as a physical place to symbolically put our pain. You write down your prayer on a piece of paper and place it in the box, trusting God to hold it and heal it for you.  

Here are some creative ideas to make your God Box out of:

                       An Altoids tin

                       A shoebox

                       A Mason jar

 

 

This Covid-19 Isolation Retreat from Sacred Space has 14 daily meditations that reassure us that God is with us during this difficult time.  

You can use one reflection a day for all 14 days or just pick and choose the ones that seem most meaningful to you.

Each meditation has an opening and closing prayer, with a brief reflection, Scripture passage, and questions to pray with.

 

Here are some more Scripture passages to pray with when you're hurting:

                         Romans 5:3-5 

                         Romans 8:38-39

                         Hebrews 13:6

                         Philippians 4:13   

                         Psalm 22:1-5

                         Psalm 40:11-17   

 

 

Listen to the third episode of the Faith in an Anxious World Parenting Podcast -- Life in a Hurting World.

You can find the parent handout from the Life in a Hurting World gathered session HERE.

 

 

(You can find more Prayer Playlists for teens HERE.)