Monday, July 26, 2010
Prayers From Our Wailing Wall
Our world is in need of healing in a multitude of ways. In the class on the Letters of John I led over the weekend, I asked each person to write a prayer for healing on a post-it note. We then stuck these prayers on our "wailing wall" on a part of the blackboard. Here are some of the prayers that were offered.
For the healing of the country so that jobless people find employment.
Send your healing power to countries torn by strife.
That those who reach out to others in need will not feel that they have done so in vain.
Help us find a solution to war. Heal us, God, and help us work for peace.
Please bring this oil spilling crisis to an end and end the hardship that people are facing because of it.
Dear God, touch the women who are suffering from breast cancer and its effects.
Please heal your family in Haiti, especially those who lost family members, homes and are sick.
I ask that you bless all the people in need of your healing hand and bless families who are going through a difficult time.
What I appreciate about the above prayers is that they are not self-focused, but focused on the needs of others. Of course, this is the message of the Letters of John: we need to love others as God has loved us.