Friday, August 10, 2007

A Prayer for Healing

The following is a prayer given to me by a Roman Catholic relative, who herself received it at a Mass she attended before arriving at my grandmother's funeral. For some reason, this woman decided I would like it. It has hung over my desk since then, and silently presided over my work. I offer it now to the folds of cyberspace.

God of endless love,
ever caring, ever strong,
always present, always just:
Who guided your Son
to save us by his life and his cross.

Gentle Jesus, shepherd of peace,
join to your own suffering
the pain of all who have been hurt
in body, mind, and spirit
by those who betrayed the trust placed in them.

Hear our cries as we agonize
over the harm done to our brothers and sisters.
Breather wisdom into our prayers.
Soothe restless hearts with hope.
Steady shaken spirits with faith.
Show us the way to justice and wholeness,
enlightened by truth and enfolded in your mercy.

Holy Spirit, comforter of hearts,
heal your people's wounds
and transform our brokenness.
Grant us courage and wisdom, humility and grace,
so that we act with justice
and find peace in you.

We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

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