Healer of all, around the globe, so many of our siblings are sick,

lying in hospitals, or coughing at home,

waiting for symptoms to develop or to ease

working through an ache in body or spirit,

living with pain that won’t quit its harassment. 

Come, we ask, with your healing might,

easing the aching of body, mind and spirit. 

Let your power reign, bringing healing through nurses and doctors,

through the aide who touches the body with gentleness

and the housekeeper who listens attentively,

through the friends who bring soup, and socks, and cheer,

through the right medicine, affordable for any.

For every person in need, healing has its own shape,

and we bring each one to your care, in trust.  Amen.   

Mary Austin is the pastor of Gaithersburg Presbyterian Church, a Presbyterian Church just the right distance from Washington, DC.  She is a contributor to The Road to Hallelujah  and the author of Meeting God at the Mall

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