But I am poor and needy;
hasten to me, O God!
Thou art my help and my deliverer;
O LORD, do not tarry!
God is our deliverer. But though he sometimes delivers us from pain, he usually delivers us through it. This is the mystery of the cross and of Christ’s triumph over death that triumphs, not by never encountering death, but by facing it head on, letting it do its worst, and emerging victorious in the resurrection. May God deliver us all through the resurrection of Jesus Christ!