Monday Prayer: a prayer for dear seniors

Evanston lakefront at twilight

Dear Lord, thank You for dear seniors.

Thank You for years of wisdom and time well spent.

Thank You for frolic, foolishness and time well wasted.

Help me to listen well when they reminisce, again.

Help me have compassion when they cannot remember.

Lead me to special conversations, significant opportunities,

And serendipity in almost-accidental meetings.

Dear Lord, as I straddle my family’s generations,

Lead me in compassion and caring towards other families.

Praying to be a gentle presence and loving friend where needed.

May I seek to be a channel of Your blessing and care.

Amen and amen.

Elizabeth 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 Her spiritual and theological training and less-anxious presence enable her to bring encouragement, strength and comfort to persons in need.   

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2 thoughts on “Monday Prayer

  1. If we ever meet, please do not call me a “dear senior. It sounds condescending and I take offense. It makes it hard to hear/read the sincere intercessions.


  2. I appreciate what you point out. Yes, I am in that age bracket, too.

    I feel gentle caring for all the hospice patients I journey with. I refer to almost all the dear ones I accompany as “dear.” I was especially thinking of a dear 99 year old in the small church I pastor. I officiated a funeral service for this beloved child of God this past weekend.
    So, yes. I am feeling quite sincere and loving towards seniors right now.


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