Our fragile bodies, and other prayers of intercession (a prayer for pastors)

For joints worn out
by inflammatory processes,
for immune systems that over-react,
or fail to protect us,

Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayers.

For viruses that invade,
and infections that persist,
for sudden collapses
and heart-breaking prognoses,

Lord, in your mercy…

Some work miracles. Others, not so much.
Some work miracles. Others, not so much.

For cells dividing
in ways we wish they wouldn’t,
for drugs that heal
but also make us sicker,

Lord, in your mercy…

For lives well-lived
by faithful saints,
with ends that came
before we were ready,

Lord, in your mercy…

For our fragile bodies
in a world that claims
by dint of our effort
we could find eternal youth,

Lord, in your mercy…

For our own families,
our parents and children,
our partners and relations,
who will not, cannot, live forever,

Lord, in your mercy…

For hearts broken
and souls suffering,
for all those wondering
how to offer comfort,

Lord, in your mercy…

For all who minister
and deny our own fragility,
and believe you prize our activity –
O! Lord! –
for our own mortal selves,

Lord in your mercy,
hear our prayers.

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