Jesus, man of sorrows,
give me the courage to be a faithful witness
to those who are suffering.
Help me to overcome my awkwardness and fear
to sit with them among the ashes,
and to stay alongside.
Help me to not recoil from sickness or death,
but to be a loving presence with those
who journey through the valley of shadow.
Help me to stay awake
to what is happening in the world,
that I might not turn a blind eye to injustice.
And may I know your gentle, faithful presence
in my own times of pain and darkness.