God, You are the Strength of Your people. We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We thank You in advance that we are never abandoned by You. Even when we get knocked down, we are not driven to despair. We are grateful that, through suffering, the life of Jesus may be seen in us. As You use us to reach more and more people, there will be great thanksgiving, and You will receive more and more glory. Amen.