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These "Prayers for Health and Healing" have been prepared by the hospital chaplains. They are shared each morning and evening at St. Joseph Medical Center in Bellingham, WA.

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Good Morning/Good Evening

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Let us pray:

Lord Jesus, when all is in darkness, and we feel our weakness and helplessness, give us the sense of your presence, your love, and your strength. Help us to have perfect trust in your protecting presence, so that nothing may frighten or worry us. May we experience your compassion and grace during our hospital stay.

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May God bless your day/evening


Good Morning/Good Evening

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Let us pray:

Our all-loving God, bless those for whom today will be difficult, those who will have pain to bear, those visited by sorrow or tragedy, those who will have to make difficult decisions or perform difficult tasks.

Please watch over those who have no one to lean on, or who have lost their sense of purpose. Lead us, oh Lord, from danger to hope, from fear to trust, from grief to compassion. Fill our hearts with your peace.

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May God bless your day/evening


Good Morning/Good Evening

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Let us pray:

Divine Physician and healer of the sick, we turn to you in this time of illness. Oh, dearest comforter of the troubled, alleviate our worry with your gentle love, and grant us the grace and strength to accept our burdens. We place our worries in your hands, our sick in your care, and humbly ask that you restore us to wholeness again.

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May God bless your day/evening


Good Morning/Good Evening

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Let us pray:

Dear Heavenly Father, We pray that you lift our worries from our minds, and place in our hearts the enormity of your love. We ask that you give courage, strength and hope to those who are sick, and to their families and friends. Please bless the hands and hearts of all those who work in this hospital.

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May God bless your day/evening


Good Morning/Good Evening

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Let us pray:

Heavenly Father, we offer our prayers to you this day because we believe in you. We love you and find our strength in you. Please give us peace, courage, and wisdom that we may live this day with joy.

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May God bless your day/evening


Good Morning/Good Evening

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Let us pray:

Our Father, Today we pray for those who may be feeling lonely. May they feel your presence and know that they are not alone. Let your presence fill every corner of our hearts and let us know that your love and mercy will be with us throughout the day.

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May God bless your day/evening


Good Morning/Good Evening

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Let us pray:

Father, we ask you to speak to us words of assurance. Please put such a spirit of trust within us that all our fears disappear. Let our confidence be in your strength today. Help us to remember that you are here to guide us with your love, so that even in the midst of illness or workday difficulties, we can continue to act with courage, confidence, and an untroubled heart.

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May God bless your day/evening


Good Morning/Good Evening

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Let us pray:

Our Father who are in heaven, hallowed be your name, Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors.

Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power and the glory forever.

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May God bless your day/evening


Good Morning/Good Evening

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Let us pray:

Father, please take from us all of our fear for ourselves and worry about our situations. Give us patience and cheerfulness. Please help us to rest in you and your promises.

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May God bless your day/evening


Good Morning/Good Evening

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Let us pray:

God grant us the serenity to accept things we cannot change; the courage to change the things we can, and the wisdom to know the difference.

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May God bless your day/evening


Good Morning/Good Evening

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Let us pray:

O God, there is no one like you. You have made your people your very own forever, and you have become our God. You reveal yourself to us so we have courage to pray to you. O God, you have blessed us. Help us to be a blessing to others today.

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May God bless your day/evening


Good Morning/Good Evening

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Let us pray:

Have no fear for what tomorrow may bring – the same loving God who cares for us today will take care of us tomorrow and every day. Our God will either shield us from suffering or give us the strength to bear it. Be at peace and let go of all anxious thoughts, for our Father God will never leave or forsake us.

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May God bless your day/evening


Good Morning/Good Evening

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Let us pray:

Father, we pray that you guide us through this day in our lives. We ask you to reach down and touch us. Fill us with a love that only you can provide.

Bless each patient and each caregiver today, providing courage and hope where it is needed.

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May God bless your day/evening


Good Morning/Good Evening

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Let us pray:

Ever healing God, we believe that you are present in the midst of all that is happening in our lives. We place ourselves in your hands and pray with confidence that you will provide what is needed today. Help us to trust that you are caring for us. We ask that you grant us the courage and patience to trust in you.

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May God bless your day/evening


Good Morning/Good Evening

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Let us pray:

God of all comfort and strength, we ask that you strengthen us in our weakness. Please give us peace amidst our worries. We desire your generous gifts of hope, strength and faith. May we meet the challenges of this day, knowing of your love and care for us.

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May God bless your day/evening


Good Morning/Good Evening

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Let us pray:

Father you have shared in our suffering and you are near to all who call upon you. Help us to realize that you are here with us. When we hurt - you hurt with us. When we cry - you cry with us. When we hope - your hope is within us. Please continue to protect us with your grace.

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May God bless your day/evening


Good Morning/Good Evening

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Let us pray:

O God, this day is precious to us because it is the only day we possess for certain. We ask that you make your presence known through the lives and skills of all those who serve in this hospital. May we know the blessing of your love in the midst of doubt and uncertainty. Give us hope for this day.

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May God bless your day/evening


Good Morning/Good Evening

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Let us pray:

Our loving God, be in our head and give us understanding.
Be in our eyes and help us to see.
Guide the words of our mouth.
Live in our heart, and give wisdom for each task of today.
Surround us with your love and grace.

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May God bless your day/evening


Good Morning/Good Evening

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Let us pray:

Oh God we lay our affairs in your hand. Please refresh and gladden our spirits. You promise us you will be our guide and refuge. Because of this, we will no longer be full of anxiety nor will we let the burdens of our lives control us. Help us to remember your promises to us. It is in you that we trust.

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May God bless your day/evening


Good Morning/Good Evening

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Let us pray:

Lord Jesus

May we be your healing grace in the lives of others.
May our joy and peace be uplifting to all we meet.
May we readily admit when the path becomes difficult.
May we join hands with our brothers and sisters in both good and bad times.

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May God bless your day/evening


Good Morning/Good Evening

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Let us pray:

O God, help us to know what truly matters today. There is much work to be done. Help us to display your love to each person we meet, and to do our work with a compassionate and joyful spirit.

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May God bless your day/evening


Good Morning/Good Evening

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Let us pray:

Heavenly Father, thank you for holding us in your hands. Soothe our pain and heal our bodies. Restore our health so we can soon join our family and friends. Please provide strength to support us, Giver of life, Helper and Friend, for we trust in you.

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May God bless your day/evening


Good Morning/Good Evening

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Let us pray:

Our Father, bless this hospital so that it may be a place of healing and caring. Be with all those who are suffering, that they may receive strength and courage to face their illness. May caregivers provide gentle hands and caring hearts, and so be a blessing to others throughout this day.

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May God bless your day/evening


Good Morning/Good Evening

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Let us pray:

Father, thank you for seeking us out and revealing yourself to us. Give us grateful hearts today. Thank you for the blessings of friends, family and good health care. We pray that you will bless each employee today, so that they may be a blessing to each patient and family member.

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May God bless your day/evening


Good Morning/Good Evening

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Let us pray:

God of creation, open our eyes to see your hand at work in the splendor of our world and in the beauty of human life. Help us to cherish the gifts that surround us and to find reason for hope today. Thank you for the blessing of community. May we experience your presence with us this day and always.

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May God bless your day/evening


Good Morning/Good Evening

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Let us pray:

We will lift up our eyes to the hills – where does our help come from? Our help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. He will not let our foot slip – he who watches over us will not slumber; indeed, he who watches over us will neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord watches over us – the Lord is our shade; the sun will not harm us by day nor the moon by night. The Lord will keep us from all harm; he will watch over our life. He will watch over our coming and going both now and forever more.

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May God bless your day/evening


Good Morning/Good Evening

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Let us pray:

We ask you, our Ever present God, to bless all the people in this hospital. Be with those who are afraid and anxious. Replace their fear with trust in you. Be with those who are weak and in pain. Give them a sense of your presence. Bless each caregiver today; please give them the strength and energy they need to do their job.

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May God bless your day/evening


Good Morning/Good Evening

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Let us pray:

Dear Creator and sustainer of the Universe, We know that you are with us every moment of our lives, even in those times when we feel far from you. We pray a special blessing for those who are feeling far from you due to injury or illness. May your spirit keep them from despair, suffering, and uncertainty. May each person feel your peace this day.

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May God bless your day/evening


Good Morning/Good Evening

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Let us pray:

Father, we pray for those who have dedicated their lives to caring for the sick and the wounded. Please bless their efforts as they minister to those in need. Give them the strength to continue. We acknowledge that we do not know the reasons for sickness and suffering - so we put ourselves in your hands. We trust you to do what is best for us and for our loved ones.

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May God bless your day/evening


Good Morning/Good Evening

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Let us pray:

We thank you Heavenly Father for the precious gift of life and for the many ways you show us love and care. Thank you for our friends and family and those dear to us. We thank you that in troubled times you hold us in the palm of your hand.

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May God bless your day/evening


Good Morning/Good Evening

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Let us pray:

Loving God, you know our innermost being. Fill our hearts with trust in you even as we feel anxious and concerned. We ask that you bless the physicians and nurses and all who work here with gifts of healing and care. May you guide them and give them skill for their tasks. May your gentle touch sustain us this day.

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May God bless your day/evening


Good Morning/Good Evening

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Let us pray:

O God, our refuge and strength, comforter of all who suffer. You have promised to turn our mourning into dancing; our sorrow into joy; and our weakness into strength. We ask that you be with us this day in whatever we have to face.

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May God bless your day/evening


Good Morning/Good Evening

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Let us pray:

The Lord is our shepherd we shall not want. He makes us to lie down in green pastures, He leads us beside still waters, He restores our soul. He guides us in paths of righteousness for his namesake. Even though we walk through the valley of the shadow of death, we will fear no evil for you are with us; your rod and your staff they comfort us. You prepare a table before us in the presence of our enemies; you anoint our head with oil, our cup overflows. Surely, goodness and mercy will follow us all the days of our lives; and we will dwell in your house forever.

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May God bless your day/evening


Good Morning/Good Evening

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Let us pray:

Father we thank you that you never change. You are the same yesterday, today and forever. Your hand is forever working. Thank you for including us in your purposes and for fitting all things together in our lives, even though at times we fail to see. May we learn to trust you in the circumstances of our lives and wait for you to lead us.

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May God bless your day/evening


Good Morning/Good Evening

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Let us pray:

Our loving God we trust in you. Your love sustains us when we are in doubt and upholds us when we fear. We can trust in you, for you are ever present and desire our wholeness. Thank you for the gifts you have given us, and the measure of faith to get us through each day. It is you that helps us make sense of the confusion. Help us to feel your presence today and bring peace to our lives.

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May God bless your day/evening


Good Morning/Good Evening

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Let us pray:

Heavenly Father, Lean toward us and hold us in your open arms. Grant us a day filled with your goodness, hope and love. Fill us with your peace and with the knowledge that we do not walk this journey alone; for you are with us. We are grateful for each day and ask that you fill our time in the hospital with friends and family.

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May God bless your day/evening


Good Morning/Good Evening

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Let us pray:

God of creation, we come to you today. Be near us and hear our prayer. Heal our hands so that we may extend them in love to strangers. Heal our hearts that we might delight in you and the work of your hands. Heal our arms and legs that we may fashion a world of hope and help carry the burdens of others. Heal our lips that we may always praise you and encourage one another. Please continue to guide our lives.

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May God bless your day/evening


Good Morning/Good Evening

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Let us pray:

Merciful and Healing God, in the midst of inner turmoil and restlessness, there is a consoling thought that you are working with us. Our minds may not always be able to remain focused on you, but we cling to you in faith. We believe your spirit can reach into in our minds and hearts and guide us through our trials. Continue to walk with us today.

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May God bless your day/evening


Good Morning/Good Evening

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Let us pray:

Oh loving God who created us all, If we take the wings of the morning and settle at the furthest limit of the sea, even there your hand shall lead us and your right hand shall hold us fast. Each day and night we remember that you are a God of love and care. May your love flow to us and may we be reminded you are present with us today.

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May God bless your day/evening


Good Morning/Good Evening

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Let us pray:

Ever present God, Give us the peace of your presence. Let us know you are near in our time of illness. Hold us in your love and heal us in body, mind and spirit. Help us to cope with our hospitalization and to trust in you fully. Bless each caregiver and staff person today.

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May God bless your day/evening


Good Morning/Good Evening

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Let us pray:

Gracious God, sometimes it is hard to accept our illness. We may feel impatient. We may find it hard to speak to you in prayer. We are wrapped up in worry over our health.

At a time like this we find it hard to believe in you, to trust you, and to love you; yet we want to. We know you care for us and we cast our cares upon you, placing our lives in your loving hands.

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May God bless your day/evening


Good Morning/Good Evening

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Let us pray:

Thank you for your unconditional love for us. We can be secure in your promise that you promise never to leave or forsake us. Strengthen us with your power so we may get through our illness. Thank you for your patience. May we learn to trust you in all the circumstances in our lives and see your power and care in this world.

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May God bless your day/evening


Good Morning/Good Evening

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Let us pray:

Creator God, You made us. You know us better than we know ourselves. When we are sick, we find out how much we don’t understand about our own bodies. Things happen within us – the beating of our hearts, the movement of muscles, and our breathing. How much more of a mystery you are! We ask that you teach us to trust in you for your care in our lives.

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May God bless your day/evening


Good Morning/Good Evening

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Let us pray:

Come Lord Jesus – touch us with love to soften our fears and to soothe our pain. Wipe away the tears from our eyes and ease the pain in our souls.

Inspire us to dream again, to link our passion with courage, and our hope with faith. Enable us to learn from life’s difficulties, to grow in wisdom, and to find joy in life.

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May God bless your day/evening


Good Morning/Good Evening

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Let us pray:

God, our source of strength and protection, help us to begin this day with trust in you, and to live this day with a sense of compassion.

Bless those who are sick. Give strength to those who are in pain, patience to those who are waiting, and peace to those who are hoping. Comfort those who are weeping.

Bless all those who work in this hospital. May they be a reflection of your goodness and caring.

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May God bless your day/evening


Good Morning/Good Evening

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Let us pray:

The Prayer of St Francis: Lord, make us an instrument of your peace;
   Where there is hatred, show love
   Where there is injury, show pardon
   Where there is doubt, show faith
   Where there is despair, show hope
   Where there is sadness, show joy
Oh divine master, grant that we may not seek much to be consoled as to console.
   To be understood as to understand
   To be loved as to love
   For it is giving that we receive
   It is in pardoning that we are pardoned
And it is in dying that we are born to Eternal life.

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May God bless your day/evening


Good Morning/Good Evening

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Let us pray:

Oh Great Spirit, whose voice we hear in the wind, whose breath gives life to the world, we come to you as one of your many children. We are weak and need your strength. May we walk in your beauty. Help us to find beauty this day.

Bless each patient and each staff person today, giving them strength and courage throughout this day.

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May God bless your day/evening


Good Morning/Good Evening

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Let us pray:

We pray, Father, that out of your glorious riches you may strengthen us with power through your spirit in our inner being, so that Christ may dwell in our hearts through faith.

And we pray that, being rooted and established in love, we may have power together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge, and that we may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be the glory now and forever.

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May God bless your day/evening


Good Morning/Good Evening

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Let us pray:

Heavenly Father we put our trust in you. You made us and know us intimately. You promise you are near to those who call on you. You are our source of healing. Hear our prayer for those who are suffering today. Be with them in their pain, anxiety and fear. Comfort their hearts and remind them that you will never stop loving them. Let them feel your presence and know that they are precious and honored in your sight.

Hide each of us in the shelter of your presence and let us rest in your loving arms.

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May God bless your day/evening


Good Morning/Good Evening

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Let us pray:

Have no fear for what tomorrow may bring. The same loving God who cares for us today will take care of us tomorrow and every day. God will either shield us from suffering or give us strength to bear it. Be at peace, then, and put aside all anxious thoughts.

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May God bless your day/evening


Good Morning/Good Evening

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Let us pray:

Lord you have been our dwelling place throughout all generations. Before the mountains were born or you brought forth the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God.

For a thousand years in your sight are like a day that has just gone by or like a watch in the night.

Have compassion on your children, and satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love, that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days.

May the favor of the Lord our God rest upon us; establish the work of our hands for us; yes, establish the work of our hands.

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May God bless your day/evening


Good Morning/Good Evening

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Let us pray:

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress, my God in whom I trust.

He will cover us with his feathers and under his wings we will find refuge; his faithfulness will be our shield and rampart. If we make the Most High our dwelling, even the Lord who is our refuge, then no harm will befall us, no disaster will come near. For he will command his angels concerning us to guard us in all our ways.

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May God bless your day/evening


Good Morning/Good Evening

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Let us pray:

God of peace, watch over all those whose lives have been impacted by tragedy, injury and illness. Heal the injured, comfort those who mourn, and give patience and strength to those who wait.

Above all, Lord, enable us to speak your comforting word of peace, so that in the midst of our problems, we may know the true source of our hope.

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May God bless your day/evening


Good Morning/Good Evening

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Let us pray:

Your love, Oh Lord, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies. Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains, your justice like the great deep.

Oh Lord, you preserve both man and beast. How priceless is your unfailing love! Both high and low find refuge in the shadow of your wings. For with you is the fountain of life; in your light we see light.

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May God bless your day/evening


Good Morning/Good Evening

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Let us pray:

Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God.

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May God bless your day/evening


Good Morning/Good Evening

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Let us pray:

We call upon you, Oh Lord, and in the morning you hear us. You know our innermost being, the secrets of our body and soul. Fill our hearts with trust and stay near to us today.

Please bless the physicians and nurses and all who work to help us in our healing.

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May God bless your day/evening


Good Morning/Good Evening

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Let us pray:

Oh God, answer when we call to you. Give us relief from our distress; be merciful to us, and hear our prayer. Thank you for hearing us when we call to you. Thank you for filling our hearts with joy, so that when we lie down and sleep, we can be at peace. You, alone, Oh Lord, keep us safe. Continue to shelter us beneath your wings.

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May God bless your day/evening


Good Morning/Good Evening

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Let us pray:

May the Lord bless you and keep you; may He make His face to shine upon you and be gracious to you. May He turn His face toward you and give you peace.

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May God bless your day/evening


Good Morning/Good Evening

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Let us pray:

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures,
He leads me beside still waters.
He restores my soul.
He leads me in the path of righteousness for his name sake.
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil,
For you are with me.
Your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

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May God bless your day

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