Faithful God, we admit that we aren't sure how to wrap our minds about much these days.
We see signs of hope and progress, but we hesitate to believe that they will last. Likewise, we see events that cause us to despair, and some of us may cling to optimism that it will pass while others worry about continued decline into hardship.
This uncertainty is made all the more complex by the voices around us--often with their ties and vested interests--assuring us that better times are ahead or here to stay. We are in need of help in discerning which voices speak truth and which are trying to sell us something. And our even greater need is to hear your voice in the din of so many others'.
O God, awaken us to your divine guidance, and keep us alert for your Spirit's leading. May we never be lulled to sleep by voices whispering us into a daze that skews your vision for our lives and for our world. Amen.