May the peace of the Lord Jesus Christ go with you wherever He may send you;
May He guide you through the wilderness,
Protect you through the storm;
May He bring you home rejoicing
At the wonders He has shown you;
May He bring you home rejoicing,
Once more into our doors;
In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
Go forth into the world in peace. Be of good courage.
Render to no one evil for evil. Strengthen the fainthearted.
Support the weak. Help the afflicted. Honour all people.
Love and serve the Lord, rejoicing in the power of the Holy Spirit.
And the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit
Be upon you now, and forever more.
Heavenly Father, we pray for those whose lives are caught in a tangle of despair because they are addicts of dangerous and unhealthy habits. May they feel your presence close to them, enabling them to see truth, life and salvation in Jesus Christ. Help them to know that you love them, even if they do not love themselves. Inspire them, and fill them with courage to seek help and strength from you, O Lord, to resist their temptation.
Help us as Christians to recognise those who are lonely and desperate, that we might reach out to bring Christ’s healing to them. Keep us from condemning them, but give us your grace, to lift up the fallen and encourage the desolate to trust in you. Hold onto those who are overwhelmed with despair and give them hope which casts out all fear, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
God of power and might, may we _________’s family, feel your presence as ______ struggles with alcohol addiction. Guide and direct us, especially when it comes to knowing what we should say and how we should react to ___________. Give us strength and courage for each day as we reach out to you in hope; and may ___________ find the peace of your presence, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
Loving Father, open your heart of compassion to me now. Hear my cry, my bitter cry of anguish, a cry too deep for words. Enfold me in your love and help me to know that I am safe forever in your care. Take my pain and help me to rest in your arms. Take me from this place of loneliness and despair to a place of hope. I pray in the name of my risen Saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen
Loving Lord, you who know all my innermost parts and who have created me in a marvellous way, help me to cope with the bowel problems I may have. You promise in your Word, that if I trust in you, you will never make me feel ashamed or embarrassed. I lay my whole body before you and ask for your very precious healing touch. In the name of Jesus, Amen.
Father, it is through your power that I was created. I ask you to touch me with that same power. You created me and you can recreate me. I ask you to create in me all that I need. Build up my immune system, mend anything that is broken, remove any blockages, cast out anything that should not be in me, root out any unproductive cells, shrink any tumours or growths, remove all inflammation and cleanse any infection. Let the warmth of your healing power flow through my body. Restore me to full health in body, mind and spirit, so that I may serve you all the rest of my days, I ask in Jesus’ name. Amen
Loving Father, open your heart of compassion to me now, for I am down in spirit. Let your light shine into the darkness and help me to know that I am safe in your unchanging love and care. Enable me to trust in you, though I cannot see the way ahead at the moment, and give me courage, hope and peace in the knowledge of your love, for Jesus Christ’s sake. Amen.
Father, your Word speaks mightily of the power of the life blood in us. Take control of the intake of sugar in my body, that the diabetes which I suffer from will be more stable, and that I might become stronger in you through seeing your healing touch in my life. In the name of Jesus. Amen
Loving Lord Jesus, during your life on earth you showed concern for the sick and the infirm. Consider all who suffer from heart disease and help them to feel your presence with them. Banish fear from them, and give them peace of mind and a positive attitude, so that they may move forward in faith. May the warmth of your healing power flow through them, restoring and reinvigorating them and may they give you all the praise and glory. Amen
Lord Jesus, stay close to me as I go into hospital. May I experience your presence and healing among the medical staff. Guard my heart from anxiety and strengthen me in the gift of faith, so that my hope rests solely on you. Through your grace, prepare me for the daily routine of the ward and help me to be a symbol of your love to those around me. In Jesus’ name. Amen
Heavenly Father, we hold up to you those people we know who are not able to leave their homes easily, through age or infirmity or sickness. Bless them with your peace and give them courage and a firm faith for each day. Give those who care for them grace and compassion as they minister to them, and refresh them with your Spirit, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
Holy Spirit, who delves into all things, even the deep things of God and man, penetrate the springs of my personality and bring cleansing, healing and unity. Sanctify all my memories, dispel all my fears and help me to love you with all my being. I ask this in the name of Him who died for me, my Lord Jesus. Amen
God of beginnings and endings, I feel fragile and vulnerable at this time. Grant that I may bid farewell to this relationship which has brought me such heart-ache. Help me to trust that you have good plans for me, plans to give me hope and a future. Help me to find refuge in your arms. I pray that I may be healed of this hurt, and any whom I have hurt through this experience may also be healed. I pray in Jesus’ name. Amen
Heavenly Father, we know that within the small circle of a wedding band there can be treasures and torments. These are two places so far apart: a haven in a storm, or a storm in a haven. Show us that a good marriage is the giving and receiving of each; the making of small sacrifices that show that we cherish each other. Give each of us a capacity for tenderness, a strong sense of understanding, and a love that prevents us from majoring on minors, or from looking for perfection, for no one on earth can be perfect. Teach us that when two people make Christ the centre of their marriage, it is built on a firm rock, which will last the years. Help us together, to look on this same horizon that we may be blessed, both together and separately, for we ask in Jesus’ precious name. Amen
Loving Father, I put myself in your hands. Deliver me from fear of pain and the unknown. Guide the surgeon, the anaesthetist and the theatre staff, by your Spirit. Anoint them as servants of your healing power, and while I am unconscious may my deepest thoughts and feelings rest in you. May I sleep in peace and awake to praise your mercy and goodness. In the name of Jesus. Amen
Loving Lord, Good Shepherd of the sheep, you gather the lambs in your bosom. We commend to your loving care this child. Relieve his/her pain, guard him/her from all danger, and restore to him/her your gifts of health and strength. May the warmth of your healing power flow through him/her, renewing and invigorating him/her, and may he/she give you all the praise and glory. Amen
Loving Lord Jesus, during your life on earth, you showed concern and love for all children. When you met them you placed hands on them and blessed them by your touch. As we bring our children to you today, we ask Almighty God, our creator and theirs, that you would again touch and bless our children. Bring healing to their young bodies and strengthen them in your power, that they may grow and live to old age, praising you for all you have done for them. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen
Loving Father, be with me as I lie awake during this long night. May I rest in your love and righteousness, knowing that I am your child. Bring me the gift of sleep, and may I wake in the morning refreshed and renewed because you have watched over me. I offer my prayer, through Jesus Christ, my Saviour. Amen
O loving Lord, look with your compassion on all who have suffered a stroke. Help them to overcome the fear of the suddenness with which this has happened, and the despair of their incapacity. Give them courage in the struggle to recover what has been lost, and give them strength and hope to look forward with faith to living active lives again. We ask in your precious name. Amen
Lord, I don’t know where to turn, or who to talk to, or how to deal with what is going on in my life. You see and know everything, Lord, but I am finding it hard to feel you here with me. Help me to find the light at the end of the tunnel, and may the light be You. Give me an alternative to taking my life and let me feel your blessing and comfort. Amen
You who said ‘Come onto me all you who are weary and heavy-laden and I will give you rest’, I come to you now, because I am mentally and physically exhausted. Create in me all that I need, build up my immune system, repair any damage and strengthen anything that is weak. Let the warmth of your healing power flow through my body, mind and spirit. I ask this in the name of my Saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen
Father I come before you unemployed, afraid, shaken in my trust. When I lose hope searching for work, be my rock of safety. When I find it difficult to believe in my talents, remind me of the gifts you have given me. When I begin to doubt my worth, help me to remember that I do not need to earn your love. Thank you for everyone who supports me and encourages me during this difficult time. May it bring us closer together and to you. Amen.
Cancer is limited:
It cannot cripple love;
It cannot shatter hope;
It cannot erode faith;
It cannot eat away peace;
It cannot destroy confidence;
It cannot kill friendship;
It cannot shut out memories;
It cannot silence courage;
It cannot invade the soul;
It cannot reduce eternal life;
It cannot quench the spirit;
And it cannot lessen the power of the Resurrection.
Giving this book to others is a way of saying “I Care” in very difficult situations where words are often difficult to find.
Archbishop Alan Harper wrote; When Pat Mollan asked me to write a Foreword for their book the sections, she showed me were, at most, one half of what you hold in your hands today. When she asked me to launch the book, she explained that the project had grown somewhat and I now realize that it has grown not merely in size but also in stature.
This is, first and foremost, a book by women and for women. So, initially, I wrestled with the almost absurd notion of a mere male launching a book about breast cancer entitled, “In the Pink”. Wrestled, that is, until I tumbled to the fact that Breast Cancer is not just a women’s issue, it is an issue for everyone, and that much between these covers is stuff that men also need to reflect upon.
There is an important premise to the book that Maureen, Helen and Pat – I shall refer to them as the Three Graces – have compiled. It is this: there is more to sickness than merely physical and symptomatic manifestations. Sickness affects not only the way we see, experience and make sense of the world and our relationships, it is a threat to the sense of our place in the world, our inner security, our key relationships, and our capacity to hold fast or adapt to the concepts and apprehensions we may have of the benevolence of the divine.
Recipients have commented;
Last night your wonderful book came to my rescue – I inexplicably felt down and a bit in panic mode about my cancer and the future – I know what God has said to me but sometimes “reality” kicks in and it seems all doom and gloom – but I got out your book when I went to bed and read about four or five pages and was totally uplifted with the mixture of narrative, poem, prayer and Bible verses – it is such a “rescue” book for me and I am so, so glad you sent it to me!
Bless you. I am appreciating the book especially when I am a bit down, lonely or afraid! which is not very often but when it happens I grab the book and read and read and pray. . .
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