In the beginning, creating God, you formed my being. You knit me together in my mother's womb. To my flesh and blood you gave the breath of life.
O loving One, renew me this day in your love, grant me life as gift of Your faithfulness; grant me light to journey by; grant me hope to sustain me.
May this mantle be for me a sign of Your healing presence. May it warm me when I am weary; may it surround me with ease of my suffering; may it encircle me with caring when I am in pain.
O Christ who healed the broken in body and spirit, be with me and all who suffer this day. Be with the doctors, nurses, technicians, chaplains and all who care for the sick. Be with families and friends of those abiding with and comforting the sick.
May Your gentle, yet strong touch reach out to heal all the broken and hurting people and places in our world.
Prayer for the Caretaker Composed by Wendy Lee Paffenroth Prayer Shawl Ministry, First Presbyterian Church, Goshen NY
Hold me up a little longer, Lord, For I am tired. The day seems endless and I still have hours to go.
Give me the strength to put a smile on my face and to be tolerant. When the weariness begins to overcome me, put a happy memory in my mind. Take me back for a brief moment when I found JOY, LAUGHED, SMILED AND FELT CAREFREE. Help me to find patience and understanding. Let me show gratitude, as you have asked us to help each other, and it is my turn to do just that. Let my touch be gentle and kind - as someday I, too, may be the one needing the care.
When things feel impossible, let me wrap this beautiful shawl, that I was given, around my shoulders and feel your warm hand of love and understanding. Let me remember that you will not give me burdens that are too heavy that WE CANNOT carry together. Be by my side, Lord and help me over this rough patch in my life. Let me look for the rainbow that shines after the storm. Let me remember that the flowers bloom after the rain and the clouds pass by.
God, please bless the person I am caring for. Let them feel your gift of peace and help them on this journey in their life. Let their soul feel your love each and every day.
Tonight, when I lay my head on my pillow, please grant me a restful slumber. Restore my strength, so that I may face the new day refreshed and ready for any challenge that comes before me. Thank you for being by my side.