As a preface to writing a prayer this week, you are invited to reflect on some thoughts from a book published in 1985 by Upper Room entitled, Prayer, Stress, and Our Inner Wounds, by Flora Slosson Wuellner. I’m moved by her wisdom suggesting that prayers for healing of our own wounds is truly the beginning of being able to have whole intercessory prayer for others.
Let us pray.
As we stumble with you on this Lenten journey, we offer ourselves and our wounds to those around us who are also stumbling, wondering if healing is possible for their lives and for our fragmented and often hate filled country and world. We need help believing that you have never stopped holding and healing us and the world. We pray that our hearts will be opened to your loving desire for all the wounds within and around us to receive the healing ointment of your love and grace. What a gift to all of us, that as we receive care for our own wounds and struggles, you use us to be your loving presence in our unhealed world. We are honored that you trust us with such a mission.
In love and gratitude,