A Prayer for Those in Pain

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A Prayer for Those in Pain

O God— It hurts.

My heart cries out to you, O Lord—

How long? How long must I wait? How long can this go on? How much anguish can one body take?

“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”

All my bones are out of joint. I feel like a broken piece of pottery with all my parts shattered on the floor. (Ps 22)

Only you can make me whole once more.

Do not let me walk this dark valley alone.

Kindle hope in my heart, O Lord. Strengthen me with your grace. Soothe my cracked lips with the balm of your love and squeeze my hand.

Although it feels as if I have lived an eternity in this pain,

Remind me that Your time is not Our time—

Help me to remember that Christ also knew what it is like to be hungry and thirsty. He knew the pain of losing a friend as well as the anguish and humiliation of death on a cross.

You know what it’s like to lose a child.

O God—I hurt.

I beg you—please help me. Plant the peace that surpasses all understanding in my heart and remind me that I do not hurt alone.

Lord, I believe. Help my unbelief.


About the Author: Rev. Rebecca L. Holland is a visually impaired pastor and ordained elder in the United Methodist Church who suffers from chronic eye pain. She blogs about faith, books, and disability awareness at BeckieWrites.com. Her latest book Hope for the Broken: Using Writing ot Find God’s Grace, is available from Touch Point Press.

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