A number of requests for prayer from dear brothers and sisters in difficult circumstances have already come rolling in today. It has me contemplating and listening to the truth sung by Shane and Shane.
So we do not lose heart.
Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this [momentary lightness of affliction] is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen.
For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.
(2 Corinthians 4:16-18, English Standard Version and my translation)