A Lament, for Many Reasons

Bittersweet prayers, Lord!

Thinking of my dad, gone for 42 years.

Thinking of cancer, and how it robs so many

Of such love, caring, and companionship.

Bittersweet prayers, dear Jesus!

Thinking of dying patients and loving families,

Thinking of hospice and good-byes and grief.

Bittersweet prayers, sweet Spirit!

Thinking of what prayers I attempt,

Thinking of empty hands and silence by bedside.

Bittersweet prayers for so many, so much.

Yet…Your Spirit can convey heartache, sorrow and grief

To the Throne of Grace. To the heart of God.

Even wordless prayers, even soundless cries.

Thank You for hearing speech without words,

Prayers from the heart.

Bittersweet prayers.


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 www.pastorpreacherprayer.com. 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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