A massive stroke, robbing my loved one of power and speech.
The paramedics, the resuscitation ward in the early hours, the endless bleeping of monitors, the gift of a tissue, the wail that rises from my very soul. The heart that breaks weeping then the cool head that tidies house and faces down the admin, accepts help gratefully, makes plans, then the heart again, tears flowing like the garden fountain she can no longer see. The soul bereft that offers trust to God our Father. Jesus, tender Shepherd, help us!
The Word, His promises, our faith, this rock on which we depend.
Lord, as things move and change around me, I hold onto the One Who does not change and seek again Your guidance and help.
When I’m happy and upbeat,
grant me wisdom and gratitude and keep me from sin.
When I’m feeling strong and capable,
keep me humble and gentle, give me perspective, may I never lose compassion for others in need.
But when everything seems suddenly threatened,
remind me our ultimate destiny is assured and bright in resurrection and the sweet wholeness of eternal life, all things made new in Your love. Galvanise my heart and mind and soul meanwhile for this time of trial!
When I feel weak,
may I find strength from beyond myself and the assurance Your grace really is enough. Reassure me I will find all the help I need.
When I’m afraid,
help me know my Protector is near and that the worst trauma will pass, the most painful suffering will end. Grant me courage to keep following and do what’s right.
When I am broken-hearted,
save me from bitterness or resentment. Help me to trust for light in the dark and peace in the storm. Through my tears may I still see cause for praise and thanks.
When I’m lonely,
help me look to Your cross which You endured alone for me. Thank You for saving us like this, in sorrow and deep vulnerability. Help me reach out and find healing in Your wounds.
Help me, and those dear to me, today
For I trust in You.