Hear, O LORD, when I cry aloud,
be gracious to me and answer me!
“Come,” my heart says, “seek God’s face!”
Your face, LORD, do I seek.
Do not hide your face from me.
Do not turn your servant away in anger,
you who have been my help.
Do not cast me off,
do not forsake me,
O God of my salvation!
If my father and mother forsake me,
the LORD will take me up.
Teach me your way, O LORD,
and lead me on a level path because of my enemies.
Do not give me up to the will of my adversaries…
I believe that I shall see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living.
Wait for the LORD;
be strong, and let your heart take courage;
wait for the LORD!
–Adapted from Psalm 27:7-14 (NRSV)