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A new prayer for today:
Lord touch me now With your healing power Touch my head that is hurting in intangible pain Lord touch me now With your healing hand Touch all that is unhealed and broken in me Lord touch me now With your perfect love Touch my mind and restore all thought and memory   Lord touch me now With your abundant mercy Touch my limbs and restore my strength and movement Lord touch me now With your deepest compassion Touch my heart and help me feel renewed Lord touch me now With your caring gaze Touch my soul and renew my life  Lord touch me now With all your heart In you do I trust to heal and save me Amen
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A prayer for comfort

Oh Spirit of comfort  Grow in me Touch the hurting places not yet reached Oh Spirit of comfort  Strengthen me Console me in my deepest griefs Oh Spirit of comfort Entwine with me And lift me above the tumult of enduring pain Oh Spirit of comfort Ease my hurt Heal all that is suffering within me Oh Spirit of comfort Bless me anew each day And help me reach out to others That they too may feel your comfort And be saved Amen

On praying and the Our Father

On praying  and the Our Father
And I saw in the praying of the prayer that it was not just my prayer, in that moment, but that prayer, prayed in all moments, adding together and cascading over to reach God’s ear; the sum total of all the times the prayer has ever been prayed, the words spoken, uttered in reverance, proclaimed, beseechingly, genuinely, hopefully, desperately, totally, as if following some sacred holy path that leads ever up the mountain to the summit.  And each time you pray that prayer you arrive at that summit of the prayer, which connects you to God, yet each further time you pray that prayer, the pinnacle is higher, closer, larger, somehow even more pure, swathed in beauty, in power, in spiritual richness. Each word a glistening jewel that reaches out from you and sparkles in God’s mind.  The power of that prayer is awesome, immense, vast and incomprehensible, because it holds the power of every word ever spoken, by every single person who has spoken it, till it becom…

Let us pray

Let us pray a prayer of healing for ourselves or anyone else that may be in need: Lord in your mercy
Tenderly heal me.
Lord fill me with your holy Peace
Not of this world.
Lord bless me
With your healing presence.
Restore me now to full health.
Lord strengthen me
With the Power of Your Spirit.
Ease the burdens that I carry.
Lord comfort me
With Your Tender heart.
Release me from all pain.
Lord console me
With the truth of Your love.
May all Mercy be received.
Amen

You are Valuable

IN HONOUR OF ARCHBISHOP OSCAR ROMERO WHO IS TO BE MADE A SAINT TODAY.

Shot in the heart, by the USA backed military, during El Salvador's civil war, Oscar Romero's martyrdom in 1980 has had an enormous influence upon my life.

Here he is, very much echoing what we say on Stonebird about how precious you are and how your presence matters, even if you cannot do anything, move, communicate or think :

"The transcendence that the church preaches is not alienation; it is not going to heaven to think about eternal life and forget about the problems on earth. It’s a transcendence from the human heart. It is entering into the reality of a child, of the poor,of those wearing rags, of the sick, of a hovel,of a shack. It is going to share with them. And from the very heart of misery, of this situation, to transcend it, to elevate it, to promote it, and to say to them, “You aren’t trash. You aren’t marginalized.” It is to say exactly the opposite, “You are valuable.”

Oscar Romero 

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Come into the hurting places

Come into the hurting places .... if you will. 
Come gently ...into the hurting places of my body. Bless them.............. if you will, Tenderly heal them if you will.
Come now into the hurting places of my heart. Release the many unshed tears....... if you will. Fill my vulnerability with your strength .......... if you will.
Come gently now into the hurting places of my mind. Touch each painful memory with love .......... if you will Lift my thoughts to higher places if you will.
Come now gently into the hurting places of my soul. Let your light pour into me ... if you will. Give me gifts of your spirit ....if you will. 
Come into all the hurting places ........if you will  and make me whole.
by Linda Crowhurst. 2000.

The Spirit is with me

When I am confused or lost and don’t know which path to take, I wait upon the Lord and find the Spirit is with me. He will bless me. He will guide me. He will always lead me in a path of love.  For  I am wild as the wind and can trust that the breath of life lives in me and will lead me safely on, held forever n the Heart of Love - the total love of the Trinity.