Interior, Greenstone United Methodist church in historic Pullman neighborhood in Chicago. (photo credit E. Jones)

Dear Healing One, hear our prayer. We ask for healing. You know where we hurt, where we have needs, and where our souls cry out to You. Heal us, we pray.

Dear Merciful One, listen when we cry to You. We ask for Your mercy to be poured out upon us. You know where there is need in each situation, in each life. May Your mercy spring up like fresh, new plants in the springtime. Send mercy, we pray.

Dear Forgiving One, forgive us when we turn from You. We ask for forgiveness when we are lost, or confused, or just plain stubborn. Draw us close to You as Your dear children. Forgive us, we pray.

Dear Mighty One, raise Your hand and help all for whom we pray today. We ask for Your power to come into each life, each discouragement, and each drama. Turn each one to You. May Your strength be with us all as we journey through life’s experiences. Extend Your might, we pray.

Dear Loving One, thank You for Your agape love given so freely. Help us as we return Your love, as imperfectly as we do. May we love others more and more, just as much as You love each one of us.

We know You are the almighty God, our Lord and Savior. We lift You up and praise Your name, because You are healing, merciful, forgiving, mighty, and loving. We pray in Your holy name, amen.

The Rev. Elizabeth Jones is a hospice chaplain at Unity Hospice and pastor at St. Luke’s Christian Community Church (UCC) in the Chicago suburbs, and is a commissioned member in the Federation of Christian Ministries. Elizabeth also holds a Certificate in Alcohol and Drug Counseling in Illinois (certified by IAODAPCA).

She blogs at “Pastor, Preacher, Pray-er” at Her spiritual and theological training and less-anxious presence enable her to bring encouragement, strength and comfort to persons in need.   

Elizabeth’s family shares space with a petite cat (with a big personality) named Mary. Elizabeth loves reading, music, piano-playing, yoga, taking walks, and messing around on the computer.

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