Healing

In the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,
We enjoin your divine mercies.
Lord, why do we suffer?
Why do we hurt?
Shall our only answer
Be the eternal abyss of the cosmos?
Shall our only answer be the whirlwind of unknowing
Which engulfed Job?
Why do the wicked flourish,
While the righteous waste away?
I am left speechless, left with the words,
“I will trust in you, my God.”

God, we ask for the sending of your healing Spirit,
Which came to us through Jesus, as he breathed upon his disciples.
This Spirit gathered in your people,
To be warmed by the fire of divine presence.
Around this warmth, may ____ (name of sick person)
Be healed and taken into your care.

Like the blind man whom Jesus healed,
May _____ (name of sick person) become a sign
of your glory, calling you the Anointed One,
The one who also anoints us and points us to the Love of God.
Grants us your healing peace, Amen.

Alternate/additional prayer:
God of Adam and Eve, you have formed us from the earth,
carefully shaping our bodies from the clay.
We are miracles with skin, clay that smiles.
But miracles are not always complete.
Your fishes and loaves got far, but didn’t last forever.
Your water into wine was consumed.
Our bodies, though imbued with your eternal and life-giving Spirit,
are subject to the groaning of creation.
Though in our finitude your healing is still present and active.
For _____’s (person who is sick) groaning,
for her/his body laden with pain,
we ask for healing, wholeness, and miracle.
We ask for a holistic blessing her/his body, her/his day’s, her/his web of friendships,
and all of her life’s details into a smooth pattern of peace.
Grant her/him the strength to work with her/his pain
and live in the gift you have given her/him.
We ask this through the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen.

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