Dear Jesus please help this good suffering soul to see what might be Your hidden good in this childs life, and what he is meant to teach by his reality. As a mother of sons, I feel for you. As a sister of my younger sister who raised her own five and knowingly adopted two handicapped children, one severely, I pray for you with real consciousness of what it entails for you; and as sister to a brother who raised three children of his own, and then deliberately and knowingly, with his wife, adopted two severely handicapped and one simply Down’s child, I reall do know about the anxieties, the hospital visits, the unending care…that somehow is done with great love…but with pain.
Our God, we pray to You for others and ourselves, and sometimes it seems, if only for a time, a time of awful pain and loneliness, that no one is listening, that You are not there
Many have turned away, disappointed and bitter, that You have not answered their urgent prayer, their painful need for self and for others. There is no satisfactory human answer to their challenge, whatever one might say of Your ways, Your time, because their anguish or their anger is the reality they experience.
Dear God, You need no reminder, but our humanness leads me to remind You that we are human in our minds and hearts and bodies. We have little or no actual sense or knowledge of ourselves as spirit. If You do not touch us as human beings living in a physical world that we acutely experience, then who can blame anyone for losing faith and hope in You. I cannot blame those who do…but I pray for them with all my heart and life.
O silent God let us hear Your voice in the words of others, and let us be Your love spoken to them. Yet may I ask that You also speak directly to their hearts and minds with unmistakeable Love even where we cannot detect the action of Your Spirit in ourselves or in others. Speak to them in their last moments, if not before.
Please be mindful of our needs, and nurture us as we pray and seek Your healing and care. Embrace all who have lost their hope in God and prayer.