A Prayer For When the Pain Piles On
There are seasons in life when the pain just seems to pile on. Those times when we don’t dare say, “at least it can’t get any worse,” because we know that it can and probably will.
These seasons are difficult enough when they are our own, but perhaps even more difficult when they are happening to people we love, and we feel helpless in our efforts to alleviate their pain.
Here is a prayer for when the pain is being piled on to those whom we love.
God, we lift up those whose pain is piled on top of pain
For those who have borne all that they can bear
Gets added to the pile
One more injury
One more bad diagnosis
One more broken relationship
One more early morning phone call
One more loss
added to the pile of grief and pain and disappointment
and the bearer of these burdens and all who love the bearer
can’t help but think…
Is God not paying attention?
Is God angry with him or her or them?
Is this a test?
Maybe there is no God at all, and we’re all just on our own in this mess
May those who lack the strength to carry on trust in You when their own strength fails
And when they come to You weak and heavy laden and still can find no rest
Turn those who love them into a team of porters to help bear the load
Turn those who love them into a union of stone masons to help put the broken pieces back together
Turn those who love them into crew of road workers to help fill the empty spaces and smooth out the rough patches
Turn those who love them into a battalion of prayer warriors to pray for for those who cannot pray for themselves because they are pretty sure no one is listening.
May you give an extra measure of strength, O God,
To those who are hurting
And to those who love them
That they–that we–might continue together on our journey as Your people.
Rev. Anne Russ is an ordained pastor in the Presbyterian Church (USA), currently based in New York City. Doubting Believer is an online, inclusive and progressive Christian community. Follow us on Facebook and get emails to keep up with all that is happening.