We pray for those who wait beside a bed
sitting, sleeping, standing
as a friend, a parent, a child, a spouse,
lays in it
in between dying and death
the life that is and the life that is to come.
The memories for some who wait are full and long
they go back, decades
college or trade school
parenting and work
retirement and decline
in times of peace and in times of war.
For others Lord, the memories are short
no history is remembered and
the history that is being made
is tentative and uncertain.
They both prompt the question, “How Long, Jesus?”
But one anticipates a ‘home going’
the seeks a hope for ‘going home.’
Our Savior and Healer
Grant peace, grace and strength to those who wait
and those who lie in the bed
Ease the pain for both
We pray for Your good and perfect will to be done.