The Grief Gratitude Prayer

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Dear God,

Thank you for the time You gave me with <LOVED ONE’S NAME>.

I always knew how lucky I was to have had the opportunity to share my life with <LOVED ONE’S NAME>.

But with him/her residing with You in the heavens, nearly every day something seems to remind me of  <LOVED ONE’S NAME>.

And every time I begin to get that melancholy feeling,

When I turn to You in prayer,

You help the pain go away

And turn the tables on my heart

By opening my eyes to the blessing of each memory, and each moment I had with <LOVED ONE’S NAME>.

Thank You, God, for  every memory,

Every feeling,

Every prayer,

Every turned heart table.

You are the Memory Maker, the Healer, the Creator of all Blessings,

For all these blessings, and every other blessing of which I am unaware,

I thank you now until the end of time.

Chaplain Tamar

6.10.17

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“I Could Feel It”

Holding hands in prayer

My patient had dementia

 

But never forgot God;

When we held hands to pray,

Our hands quietly and gently electrocuted one another.

When we had finished our prayer,

My patient responded in deep compose, eyes shut, “I felt it.”

Not knowing what had just happened, I looked at my patient and responded in amazement, “God is amazing.”

Thank you, God, for giving my patient and myself that incredible gift!

Chaplain Tamar

5.24.17

 

Hide & Seek

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Dear Creator of All That Was, Is, and Ever Will Be,

Every day we see how so many have turned away from You,

Ignoring every one of Your sunrises and sunsets,

Ignoring the importance of every bird, bug and bee that You’ve gifted us with,

Ignoring Your blessings both knowable and unknowable,

As if You and all Your blessings are hidden.

Dear God, we ask that You open the heart and soul of every human being who has turned away from You,

Help them seek and find You

And Your many blessings,

So they may discover Your love, light and healing,

And the holiness of all life,

Such that humanity seeks and finds only peace with one another,

With every bird, bug and bee,

And within every sunrise and sunset.

With humble grace and thanks in our hearts, we thank You;

And together we say:

Amen.

Chaplain Tamar

5.22.17

Prayer for Strength

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Dear Lord,

As we stand here before You

We thank You for every blessing that You bestow

Upon us and our loved ones each and every day.

With humble grace in our hearts

We ask that You continue to bestow these beautiful blessings upon us,

And we ask that You strengthen us and our beloved <name>

For <name> is struggling with the challenges that are meeting him/her these days.

For listening to our prayer,

And knowing how best to answer us,

We thank You.

And together we say:

Amen.

Chaplain Tamar

5.21.17

A Hospice Meeting Stand-Up Closing Prayer

Prayer Hands

Heavenly Creator,

We come to you today with humble grace and thanks in our hearts,

Thanking you for being with us as we walk in and out of our patients’ homes

Enabling us to do our very best,

For helping our patients,

Our patients’ caregivers,

And our patient’s families get through every challenge that comes their way.

For being there always for each and every one of us

Exactly the way we need You to be,

We thank you with all our being,

And together we say:

Amen.

Chaplain Tamar

5/20/17

Dear God, Help Us

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Dear God,

In the last two days, hundreds of headstones were desecrated in a Jewish cemetery in Philadelphia;

Amazon refused to stop selling books that promote Holocaust denial;

The Palestinian Ambassador to Iran Salah Zawawi prayed that Iran produce 1000 nuclear bombs to “defend the Islamic Republic and its principles.”

Hamas shot rockets into Israel and Israel retaliated;

More people became refugees;

While many in the countries seeking to help the refugees became their victims.

Dear God, help us.

Humanity has fallen, yet again, into a deep, dark pit of hate and disrespect.

Please, God, lift that hate and disrespect from every heart.

Fill each heart with love

Now, before we destroy ourselves

And Planet Earth along the way.

Please . . .

God . . .

Help . . .

Us . . .

Amen.

Chaplain Tamar

2.28.17