Praise the Lord! How good it is to sing praises to our God; for he is gracious, and a song of praise is fitting. The Lord builds up Jerusalem; he gathers the outcasts of Israel. He heals the broken-hearted, and binds up their wounds. —Psalm 147:1-3
God we praise in times of well-being, God we cry out to in times of pain:
We know it is your desire for us to be made whole and there are places in our bodies, minds, and spirits that yearn for comfort. Enable us to feel the balm of your healing love with us today in all the places and ways that we are broken, wounded, and in pain, so that we may continue to sing your praise. Amen.
Without a love that forgives, without reconciliation, what future is possible for human beings? —Brother Roger of Taizé
God of the tie that binds, God of knotty relationships:
Jesus told us that the greatest commandments are to love you and love our neighbors, but there are people in our lives with whom our relationships have been bruised or broken. We know that forgiveness is one of the first steps to healing. Help us take that step and forgive those who need our forgiveness; help us also to receive forgiveness from those who need to forgive us. Amen.
If we fall in love with creation deeper and deeper, we will respond to its endangerment with passion. —Hildegard of Bingen
God of melting glaciers, God of disappearing rainforests:
You entrust us with the care of creation but for too long the natural world has suffered from the effects of human ignorance, apathy, and exploitation. Just as we have awakened to the harm we have done to our world, help our eyes be open to the ways we can participate in its healing, living into our call to be caretakers who fall deeper in love with creation each day. Amen.
Where Jesus came, life was different. He proclaimed the gospel by being the gospel, “And greater things than I do shall you do,” he said. It is not enough to heal the sick. Heal the systems that make them sick. —Verna Dozier
God who is present in small acts of mercy, God who is attendant in the struggle for justice:
There is so much pain in our world today. Systems are broken, people are broken-hearted. Yet the gospel of Jesus tells us that things can be different. There is healing for all if we all work to bring your kingdom here on earth. Give us the strength to be your healing ministers on earth this day. Amen.
Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and through grace gave us eternal comfort and good hope, comfort your hearts and strengthen them in every good work and word. —2 Thessalonians 2:16, 17
God sensed in healing hands, God heard in reassuring words:
When we think back upon our lives, we remember the people who have been the face of your love in the world. Today we give thanks for all who comfort your children, especially healthcare workers and teachers who are working harder than ever during this time. Help them find times of rest and rejuvenation so that they may be re-created and strengthened to do the work they are called to do. Amen.