you were alone
in your suffering on the cross.
Be near those who are alone
in their pain and sorrow today.
Let your gracious presence
transform their loneliness into comfort,
since you are the sure refuge
of the weary and heavy laden.
Source: Freely modified from The Old World and the New, ed. L. H. M. Soulsby, p. 12
“weary and heavy laden” is a reference to Matthew 11:28