This prayer can be sung to the tune of O Come, O Come Emmanuel (VENI EMMANUEL) O Source of Love, supply us with the grace To be like Jesus in this world of pain To love and let your goodness be known Responding with compassion from our souls In words, in deeds, in all the ways we live May we extend the healing love you give.
O God of Love, I trust that you are with us and that your Spirit moves among us. But, I am aware that so many people are suffering right now. God, I pray that your Spirit moves in an obvious way so that they may not lose heart in the midst of displacement, so that they may not be overcome with a spirit of fear, and so that hope and healing may take root and grow even in unexpected places. O Lord, hear my prayer, in the name of Jesus, who not only suffered but brought healing through Love. Amen.
There are two questions in this narrative,
Which happens on the Sabbath, day of rest,
A sick man lies with nothing more to give
Then Jesus comes and sees this man distressed.
So Jesus asks, “Do you want to get well?”
A self-reflective question of intent
For what he wants, he may not know or tell,
Or think it is a possible event.
His healing sparks a second question too,
“Who is the man who said take it and walk?
A question of his sources and of whom
(Those who don’t see do question all this talk).
I ask myself these questions in this way:
What do I seek and who do I obey?
In preparation for a prayer service, I fit the text to “Be Thou my Vision” to the tune of “Morning is Broken” (Bunessan). When I completed that project, I felt inspired to set my own prayerful words to that same tune.