A work tension that I have lived with for a number of years has morphed into a major issue in the last year, and has caused me a great deal of stress, frustration and sadness. This has accelerated over the last month and is now at that regular-sleepless-nights-and-plotting-my-escape-route stage. Friends have noticed me being restless and less positive in my work. The sense of optimism and hope for a better future that I have always seen as one of my strengths as a leader is slowly being extinguished due to the inherent difficulties of this situation. I have noticed with sadness close friends walk away or distance themselves from the situation because it is "too hard" to deal with, and wonder why I am not doing the same. Deep down I know that I need to perservere and work through the issues but it is not easy to do so.
It is also affecting my prayer life – I find myself really struggling in prayer, that I am not finding any solace or clarity through spending quiet time in prayer, nor are my "go-to" resources – books, songs, prayers – having much effect.
Obviously for privacy reasons I can't be more specific on the details, but what I am asking in this weeks post is for suggestions that may be of help during the dark nights of the soul. We all have them, we need them for our spiritual growth, and we all need to find a way through them.
What are the prayers, songs, books, resources, prayer styles that have helped you in difficult times? Your recommendations would be gratefully received.