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We All Can Use Prayer

Matterofprayer: A Year of Everyday Prayers – Friday, November 18, 2016


We All Can Use Prayer

Know the experience of having a seriously ill loved one in the hospital? Yeah, me, too.

I am in that exact position, right now. An elderly relative is in hospice care right now. Yes, it is sad. Came into town a few weeks ago, and did not look good then. After a trip to the hospital, and a stint in rehab, back to the hospital five days ago. And just three days ago, in hospice. The situation has been changed (Upgraded? Downgraded?) to terminal.

All of which is relatively fast, for a time frame. (I ought to know, since as a former chaplain, I have some familiarity with hospitals. Not as much as some, of course, but I have more than a nodding acquaintance.)

Yes, it is different when it’s my loved one in the hospital. Except, it isn’t. Not really. Almost like I did in the hospital with a family in ICU with a patient who was actively dying. Except for my family, it’s like I’m on 24-hour call just in case, with my ears wide open for any notice or call.

I still pray for the situation, and for the medical staff, and for the family and loved ones. I still am concerned for all of the long-distance friends. (Except, in this case, I am intimately acquainted with all of those concerned.) I still am there for others, whether they want to talk, or just have me be there, with them.

I repeat—it is incredibly sad.

Let us pray. Dear God, who holds the universe in the span of Your hand, You hold each of us in that same loving hand. We come before You with a multitude of hurts, of fears and anxieties, of pains and aches and untenable situations. We unload them here before You, dear God. Dear Holy Comforter, we ask that You come alongside of all those who grieve, who mourn, and who are hurting. Dear Heavenly Physician, we pray You may assist all those under the care of medical personnel. And, please—God—be with my loved ones as they gather together. I pray for the hands that touch that dear loved one—help all the hands to be loving, caring, thorough, and knowledgeable. Lastly, dear God, be with me. Help me to be there (in Your presence) for others as much as I am for myself. Dear Lord, in Your mercy, hear all of our prayers.


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Wonderful, and Not-So-Wonderful Prayer

Matterofprayer: A Year of Everyday Prayers – Sunday, August 23, 2015

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Wonderful, and Not-So-Wonderful Prayer

Ever experience a sparkling summer day? Gorgeous weather, low-key happenings, enjoyable experiences. All around, my husband and I had an absolutely sparkling day. Enjoyable in every way.

Except—my effervescence deflated once I got on line this evening and started reading the news. Reading about people becoming seriously ill. (I’m praying for you, Mr. Carter.) People injured and dying all over the country. Wildfires, crashes, a devastating typhoon, internationally.

I turn to God, in horror. I run to God, in dismay. I clutch to my heart this versicle and response (the beginning part of the Evening Prayer): “O God, make speed to save us. O Lord, make haste to help us.” God, as countless people have, throughout the centuries, I cry to You.

As I reflect on the words of this prayer from www.dailyoffice.org – I think of re-entry into the world. The folks from that online congregation had their first ever retreat this past weekend, at a retreat center in Indiana. What a greeting the participants will receive as they come back to their daily lives.

As I pray for these serious situations mentioned from around the country and even around the world, so I pray for those who have been nourished and strengthened by joining in a retreat together. I thank God for Vicar Josh and for all who worship using the Daily Office website. God be with us all, regardless of circumstances.

Thank God that God will be with each one of us, no matter who we are, no matter where we are. No matter whether we had an enjoyable summer’s day, or a serious challenge come up in the middle of the day. Or evening. Or middle of the night. Thank You, God, for Your presence, always with each one of us.


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