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 gently correction,
just as you would.
I ask for you to lay your hands on me,
and I get hugs
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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