Healing words

Patient dawn — Sam Goodman

The next time it gets light I will awake with hope And tonight as it gets dark I will not fear The next time it grows light I will welcome the dawn The next time morning comes I’ll be reborn The next time it grows dark I will not hide away The darkness does not […]

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How Love Came to Earth — Thandiwe Dale-Ferguson, USA

A responsive Call to Worship written specifically for intergenerational worship (works well during Advent) God, you came into the world weak: A baby born in a stable, Sleeping in a feeding trough With animal sounds and smells all around. This is how love came to earth. God, you have made us vulnerable. Our bodies can […]

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The nights are long — source unknown

The days are short. The nights are long. Your universe mirrors the reality of our hearts, Revealing your gracious spirit that Mourns with us in grief, Cries with us in sorrow, Sits with us in despair. You are not a distant God, removed from human pain, But a faithful companion Closer to us than our […]

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Healing prayer for children — Thandiwe Dale-Ferguson

Hold us and heal us with your love Alternative phrases for both American and British English are provided. Ow! That hurts! Mama! Grandma! Daddy!  [Mummy! Nana! Daddy!] A whimper. A wail. A wound. Oh God, Hold us and heal us with your love.   Silent. Withdrawn. Pain visible only in our eyes. Or perhaps hidden […]

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Sent to Heal, Matthew 10.1 — Steve Garnaas-Holmes

We are not given a mandate to judge or an obligation to convert. We are not required to argue religion. We are given power to heal. We need not muster up the strength. We are given authority. Christ is in us to heal. May I be a healer today; may I set free those who […]

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His were the hands — Duncan Wilson, UK

His were the hands That shaped the wood That smoothed the knot That summoned the friends And launched the boat His were the hands That touched the blind And opened ears That held the child And cast out fears His were the hands That fingered the coin That plucked the corn That wrote in sand […]

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Therapeutic Music — Linda Allen, USA

Therapeutic music ‘Therapeutic music is music used in a palliative care setting to provide relaxation, alleviate isolation and boredom, calm fears, soothe frustrations, and in some cases help patients make spiritual connections at this most profound stage of life.’ — Linda Allen If You Cannot Speak If you cannot speak my friend I will hear […]

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Dark Moments — by Ann Lewin, UK

A reflection on Dame Julian of Norwich’s text from Revelations of Divine Love: ‘All shall be well. You shall see yourself that all things shall be well. That which is impossible for you is not impossible for me. I shall keep my word in all things and I shall make all things well.’ ‘All shall […]

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Words to still the soul — Jeanne Lohman, USA

Words to still the soul . . . used perhaps as one enters a worship space, or prepares to. Now, for this space, I put them all aside, the awesome things for which no words will come. Such grief must go where only God is guide. Our lovely plane darkens. Nightmares ride. The sunlit waters […]

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World Health Day – 7 April

‘There is much to celebrate in the world of global health. Neonatal deaths have been cut in half since 1990.  Mother-to-child transmission of HIV has substantially decreased.  Polio and guinea worm are on the verge of elimination. ‘But there is still much to be done.  Drug-resistant forms of tuberculosis and malaria bring new threats to […]

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Prayer response to natural disasters — Meighan Pritchard, USA

When the earth shakes, the lightning flashes, the tsunami rolls across the waters;   when the snow whites out the roads, the floods wash out bridges and homes, the wildfires rage across the ridges;   when the tornados race through town, the hurricanes churn up the coast, the heat waves wipe out crops—   then, […]

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Prayer for peace, Order of St Luke — Australia

Dearest Friend, gentle Spirit, breath of live, source of our being, from the peacefulness of silence, the silence that preceded Creation, your Word entered the void and said, ‘Let there be light.’ This afternoon we sit mindful that we are kin and covenanted to that Word and to your light. We are grateful to you, […]

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Blessing for a Distressed Home

This service of blessing and exorcism was created in direct response to a request of a terrorised and frightened neighbour at Mfanefile, Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa. It has been used, with slight modifications, in other homes in Mfanefile, South Africa; Plumtree, Zimbabwe; and London, United Kingdom. Home dwellers consider their residence to be ‘haunted’ or […]

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Prayer for Healing Service — Tod Gobledale, Australia

Originally written for an Order of St. Luke Healing Service in Melbourne, Australia Gracious God, loving parent, you watch over us like a mother with her children.  You have created a world for us with a richness, a beauty beyond description.  As another spring blossoms around us, we are awed again by the splendour of the […]

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