A prayer of healing

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Why do I feel pain? Have I done any wrong that cannot be forgiven? Why can’t I find sleep for my soul? Oh, how I long to feel the loving kindness of my God. I have tried to do good. I have tried to make the best choices. Yet, I feel pain. I cannot find the solace that my brother has part of. I cannot sleep like a well-nourished baby who has all of their needs met.

I remember the days, the hours, the minutes, when all I had to do was to look around me. The smells of the forest when it had rained, squirrels jumping on the branches, the birds singing in the treetops–each of these met my nose, my eyes and ears with gladness. I long for the time when I can feel or think without being compelled to do so. I pray for comfort, for solace, for a time of renewal. I want to walk, run, and play again like a child who has no cares but feels joy in the moment. Where is my God? Why do I have to be uncomfortable when others who do not even care about God seem to go flitting about and happy from moment to moment? Wilt thou not heal my body as thou hast healed my soul? Yet in my God, will I put my trust. If I am to suffer, then so let it be. Just pray for me while I pray for others. I will serve my God and pray for thee.

Homeschoolers/Educators/Parents: sketch/color an illustration and label it. Theme: healing. Listen to the audiobook story called “Jesus Heals a Blind Man” in Learning to Read: New Testament Stories. Write and say the word ”healed” five times so you can pronounce and spell it correctly. Put these words in alphabetical order: blind, clay, eyes, wash, pool, others, healed, worshipped. Use each word in a sentence. List two ways to worship God. Describe how Jesus healed the blind man. Talk about what this prayer of healing means to you. Explain how you can help others feel better. (Skills: identify, comprehend, apply, organize, creative, affective, analyze, synthesize.)

About Martha Quinn

Book author, licensed teacher, master's degree (Reading K-12, Social Studies 7-12). Former homeschooler. Happily married Christian with two terrific children. Loves animals, swimming, music, fishing, gardening, cooking, traveling, exciting movies, good books, and the great outdoors.

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