If you could say a simple prayer for me, I need all the help I can get.
I'm struggling to do my part.
I am laid off for the winter and occassionally find myself plunged into the hell of despair. Even when I refuse to engage the thoughts, there is a lingering sense of sadness; Even, it often happens, in the midst of prayer.
I struggle also with a profound sense of loneliness. I try to regard this positively, to focus my attention on prayer, reading, my work (when I have work) and loving those around me, but the stark fact remains: I truly have no friends, apart from my spiritual father and my immediate family. My parish is at a decent remove, and most parishioners are scattered around the more immediate environs of the parish, so liturgy and coffee hour is typically the only time I see or speak to another Christian.
Perhaps it is a question of attitude, in which case pray for the correction of my attitude and the strengthening of my faith. But both prayer and practical or spiritual advice are appreciated.