Healing prayer for children — Thandiwe Dale-Ferguson

photo from Christian Aid, UK

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 Withdrawn.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 behind a smile.

Not sure whom to call or how.

Oh God,

Hold us and heal us with your love.

 

Here we are God,

With visible wounds

Kissed and covered with Bandaids [plasters]

Mending already.

Oh God,

Hold us and heal us with your love.

 

Here we are God,

With visible wounds

Illness and injury, unemployment and isolation

Treatable with medicine, justice and kindness.

Oh God,

Hold us and heal us with your love.

 

Here we are God,

With invisible wounds

The hurts of our hearts

Bullying, betrayal, trauma, loss, loneliness and grief.

Oh God,

Hold us and heal us with your love.

 

Here we are God gathered in your presence.

May this space hold our wounds.

Together, may we know your tenderness.

May we trust and love and tend and heal.

Oh God,

Hold us and heal us with your love. Amen.