Missing My Wife: A Prayer for the Dearest Person I Have

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Photo credit for the oil painting, “Embrace,” goes to Josie Trudgeon. Her other works can be found at her website. Many thanks to her for offering images that speak beyond written ideas. 

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This is a prayer for people who are missing someone dear to them. It came to me during the first night [ever] spent away from my dearest wife, Kaile [pronounced Kay-lah]. 

Gracious God, I ask that you, in your mercy, would reveal to my eyes new dimensions of the depth of your love for me as I, waiting for her return, learn new dimensions of my love for my dear wife. Help us to grow through our time apart, and teach us through our separateness that you are the one and only constant factor in a life of transience and change. May the love we learn to show to each other mirror the love you have for us, and also teach us to love you more. God, it is through our intercessor Jesus that we pray this, and all through the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

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A Prayer for Anxiety

St. John the Baptist

This is a prayer for today, June 2nd 2014.

 

Or, it is a prayer for any day during which concern gives way to worry.

Or, it is a prayer for a community going through change.

Or, it is a prayer for a family experiencing something new and different together.

Or, it may reflect the response to difficult realities that saints of old faced down before their death or exile.

Or, it may speak to something you are going through currently.

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Giver of Life,

Mercifully grant that we, your undeserving inheritors, may steward your gifts well. So imbue us with gratefulness for your love that our anxiety gives way to blissful contentment, our fear to godly anticipation, and our worry to graceful hope; for your sake we ask this through the Son and in the power of the Holy Spirit.

Amen.