Dear Lord, I ask you to turn this weakness into strength , this suffering into compassion, sorrow into joy, and pain into comfort for others. May I, your servant, trust in your goodness and hope in your faithfulness, even in the middle of this struggle.
Prayer for a Broken Heart - Find Comfort & Healing
Fill me with patience and joy in your presence as I breathe in your healing life. Please restore me to wholeness. Remove all fear and doubt from my heart by the power of your Holy Spirit , and may you, Lord, be glorified in my life. This well-known prayer for peace is a classic Christian prayer by St.
Francis of Assisi Lord, make me an instrument of Thy peace; where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; and where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood, as to understand; to be loved, as to love; for it is in giving that we receive, it is in pardoning that we are pardoned, and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. At least we have to try resuscitation.
Blessed beyond measure
Then she went on with some intelligible jargon from her medical training to convince me the decision should be left to medical experts. Strange isn't it? Buddhism teaches mindfulness of death in order to live a meaningful life in the present moment. Yet death remains a taboo topic in Thai Buddhist culture; talking about it is considered a bad omen, a curse even, that precipitates death.
But as society rapidly ages, we "older persons" are fighting to preserve old cultural norms to let nature takes its course instead of being kept alive artificially. When I joined a workshop on peaceful death organised by the Cheevamitr Social Enterprise last month, I just wanted to learn how to write my living will. I came home realising that is the easiest part of my "peaceful death" project. The bigger challenge is having my mind be at peace when it's time to go. And making peace with my daughter about my last wish is a big part of that, too.
prayer for suffering
The law is on my side in making a living will. After years of debate, it is considered a legal document that must be respected. A letter of intent in our handwriting suffices.
No witnesses are needed. We just have to make sure our family, or the person designated to make a decision about our end-of-life care, has signed copies to show the hospital. Of course, dying naturally helps prevent the unnecessary use of medical devices that increase the person's physical pain while plunging many families into bankruptcy. But there is no guarantee we will have it our own way.
Maybe our family members sincerely believe the latest medical technology can save us. Or in the case of an accident, doctors may put us through their emergency routines. However, it's not easy to take someone off a ventilator when they are on it. A living will may take care of the legal aspect by guarding against a prolonged death, but the terminally ill still need to be taken care of physically and emotionally. To have a peaceful death, the dying need to be free of the physical pain that accompanies their illness.
Equally important, if not more so, is freeing them from any emotional knots -- to help them resolve past regrets and misunderstandings, to forgive, to be forgiven, or just to see someone one last time -- so they can pass peacefully.
The Essence of Mindful Prayer: “May this Suffering Awaken Compassion”
What happens to our body when death nears also needs to be understood and treated properly to provide the dying with the most physical comfort. For example, the dying need very little food and water -- if any at all -- in their last days.
- A dictionary of hygiene and public health!
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- Strange Wine.
- Discernment & Decision Making;
Insisting on feeding them only produces discomfort and other complications. Death rattles are also natural and not as painful as we may believe. Lord, you remind us through Scripture that we have been fearfully and wonderfully made. We know that you have created us in love and to be loved.
But we live in a time where some people believe that the lives of your people have no value. We call upon you to help us, to protect us, and to remind us that the life of each person is important to you. We pray for all of the people of African descent whose lives have been taken away without a good reason and for their families, friends, and loved ones who are left to bear the hurt and the pain of that loss.
We pray for the police officers whose lives have been taken away unjustly for simply trying to do the job they were being paid to do.