Lord, I want to be made well.

I want to be healed of my perfectionism

my desire to control

my internalized prejudices

my distrust of those who see things differently

my utter exhaustion

my anger about petty matters

my tendency to withdraw

my long-held grudges.

I reach for the hem of your garment,

and there I find those who clothe me with love

and deep listening

and encouragement

and wisdom

and gently correction,

just as you would.

I ask for you to lay your hands on me,

and I get hugs

and emails

and texts with GIFs

and prayers said on my behalf,

as if they had come directly from you.

Through others you take me by the hand

and feed me spiritual and physical food

that revives my soul and my body.

Lord, out of the abundance of the health you offer,

may I share your peace widely.

Laura Stephens-Reed is a clergy and congregational coach working with ministers and churches across the ecumenical spectrum. Having served in a variety of pastoral roles and denominations, she is primarily affiliated with the Alliance of Baptists and the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship and has ministerial standing in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Based in northwest Alabama (United States), Laura is married to a United Methodist pastor, and they have a eight-year-old son. She blogs weekly at laurastephensreed.com.

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