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For All the Suffering

For all the suffering, pain, and wrong,
today is yours, O Lord, and mine;
I will rejoice in prayer and song
and make my will with yours align.

Bereft of gifts of body and mind

Kind and loving heavenly Father, to have health of body and mind is a wonderful blessing. Soundness, strength, and responsiveness bring great joy, even when the limbs respond and the mind functions so easily without much thought given to them. Thank you for these gifts.

At the same time, give us compassion and patience with those who are bereft in some way of these gifts.

  • We remember the person who takes 20 pills of prescription medicine for his maladies.
  • We remember those who think suicide is better than life.
  • We remember those who live in depression and for whom every day is a black cloud that presses down to crush the spirit.
  • We remember that person who lives in chronic and shooting pain.
  • We remember those who were abused as children and may still enter abusive relationships.
  • We remember that soul who lives in debilitating fear.
  • We remember those who must cope with crippling disorders and limiting syndromes.
  • We remember those who have lost limbs or deal with numbness or paralysis or live with bodies that do not respond.
  • We remember those confined to wheelchairs and homes or limited in their movements.
  • We remember the elderly who face the decline of physical strength and the loss of mobility and freedom.
  • We remember those who are victims of medical malpractice, who have fallen through the cracks of healthcare, or who have suffered from misdiagnosis.
  • We remember those who seem normal from all appearances, yet suffer from deep wounds or powerful struggles in the soul.
  • We remember ourselves, O Lord, each of us with our own weaknesses, limitations, and frailties.

For each of us, God of compassion, may we seek our answers, not in man and his remedies, but in the welcoming embrace of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, who was a man of pain and suffering, and a man of obedience, joy, and promise, because he did your will and found meaning in your loving purpose.

Tossed on the Sea as Froth

Psalm 44

In spite of what befalls us,
We don’t forget the Lord,
We’re true to him who calls us,
Not false to his covenant word.

Our hearts have kept the faith,
Our feet strayed not from the path,
Though tossed on the sea as froth,
Though we have felt his wrath.

Rouse yourself from sleep,
O Lord, we sink in the dust;
Raise us up from the deep,
In you, our King, we trust.

JRMatheny

Swallowed Pain

Lord, hear our inner groans,
our unseen suffering, silent
affliction, swallowed pain.

We see your cross of blood,
betrayal, dark and craven,
in agony, utterly alone.

We speak to One who knows
the depth of anguish, finding
in Him our meaning of peace.

Where Does Existence Lead?

With pangs of hunger do beggars ask why,
Or do the sufferers look to the sky?
One man seeks to learn from pain,
Another sees no obvious gain.
The body over time decays,
The aging mind has tricks it plays.
O God, where does existence lead?
And what is man’s most basic need?
Do not our hearts yearn most for you?
Where will we go when life is through?
Lord, still our hearts and wake our minds
To truth in Christ which in freedom binds.
His faithful answers satisfy,
To questions his silence the best reply.

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For those in pain

Prayer for painRelieve the pain, O Lord, of those who suffer. We know you are willing to save and willing to help your creatures. We confess we do not know how you do that for best effect. But if pain must still be a part of life, a part of the body’s affliction, the mind’s questionings, the heart’s hurtings, make them serve still a good purpose in our walk with you. Continue reading

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