A friend of a friend was just diagnosed with recurring cancer.
After fumbling with words, I went to my old faithful Lutheran prayer book.
It is a wonder how just the act of praying can calm and comfort. Prayer reorients us. I remember the time a girlfriend was in crisis, leaving our house in the morning on her way to the unknown. She was trembling, shaking, heaving, sobbing. I hurt, but felt so helpless and ineffectual. Curt gathered us into a three person huddle; he prayed with strong, manly tones. My friend was bestilled, becalmed, bequieted.
embrace me with Thy love and protect me throughout this day.
I need Thee, for I am wounded and bruised,
sick at heart and in trouble and distress.
To Thee I come.
Forgive me all my sins in Thy mercy
and love and uphold me amid these trials and tribulations.
Strengthen my faith.
Take every doubt out of my heart and lead me into Thy Word,
which promises that Thou wilt be with me always in every situation in life.
Calm my nerves.
Make me hopeful and patient.
O Christ, have mercy upon me.
O Christ, be Thou with me now and forevermore.