Prayers of Comfort and Hope

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God Is Our Hope

God is our hope and strength,


a very present help in trouble.



Therefore will we not fear, though the earth be moved,


and though the hills be carried into the midst of the sea;



Though the waters thereof rage and swell,


and though the mountains shake at the tempest of the same.



There is a river, the streams whereof make glad the city of God,


the holy place of the tabernacle of the Most High.


-- Book of Common Prayer 1979




From Death to Immortality

From the unreal lead us to the Real,


From darkness lead us to Light.


From death lead us to immortality.


--Upanishads




Prayer for Those Affected by the Tsunami Disaster

Father/Mother Creator,



Please heal those who have been affected by this quake and tidal wave. Let those who have died now be in peace and in happiness.



Please comfort the peoples affected by this disaster. Bring their communities together in love, in prayer, and help them care well for each other.



Let the world community pray and assist the people who were affected by this disaster with much compassion and show their caring in practical and abundant ways.



Let those affected by this earthquake and tidal wave rebuild better than before. Let them be strong. May good come out of this time of sorrow.



Bless the earth. Bring peace and harmony to the lands, to the sky, to the waters... If there be a need for the earth to release its tensions in the future, let it do so in a way that is gentle and harms no one. Let the waters return to their natural ebb and flow. Let the earth be calm.



Peace, Peace, Peace... Be calm. Be still. Let the healing begin...


-- Beliefnet member

WhiteHeron


Prayer for Those Whose Loved Ones Are Missing

Loving God, the hope and protector of all humankind; bless those whose loved ones are missing. The agony of not knowing whether someone is living or dead is a daily torture. The uncertainty of life's future relationships hangs in limbo. Hope rides a roller coaster. Yet each day must be lived. Give unto your people the blessing of your grace that they may face each day with courage and hope. Guard their families from further danger and harm and hold them in the blessing of your love. Amen.


-- Vienna Cobb Anderson, from "Prayers of Our Hearts" c 1991 Vienna Cobb Anderson. Reprinted with the permission of the author.




Cure For All Sorts of Pains

I seek protection for my soul in the Lord of the earth and the Lord of the heavens. I seek protection for my soul in the One in whose name no sickness can hurt. I seek protection for my soul in the One whose name is Blessed and a Cure.



U`idhoo nafsee birabbil-ardhi wa rabbis-samaa' U`idhoo nafsee billadhee laa yadhurru ma`a-smihi daa' U`idhoo nafsee billadhee-smuhu barakatun washifaa'

--Imam Ar Ridha(as),

Duas.org


Meditation in Affliction

Assailed by afflictions, we discover Dharma


And find the way to liberation. Thank you, evil forces!



When sorrows invade the mind, we discover Dharma


And find lasting happiness. Thank you, sorrows!



Through harm caused by spirits we discover Dharma


And find fearlessness. Thank you, ghosts and demons!



Through people's hate we discover Dharma


And find benefits and happiness. Thank you, those who hate us!



Through cruel adversity, we discover Dharma


And find the unchanging way. Thank you, adversity!



Through being impelled to by others, we discover Dharma


And find the essential meaning. Thank you, all who drive us on!



We dedicate our merit to you all, to repay your kindness.


--Gyalwa Longchenpa




Prayer for Those Who Mourn

Exalted and honored, adored and acclaimed be Your name, O Holy One, blessed are You, whose glory transcends all praises, songs, and blessings voiced in the world, and let us say, Amen.

Grant abundant peace and life to us and to all Israel, and let us say, Amen.

May You who establish peace in the heavens, grant peace to us, to Israel, and to all the earth, and let us say, Amen.

May God comfort you among the other mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.


--from the Jewish Kaddish for Mourners




Make Me Brave for Life

God, make me brave for life: oh, braver than this.


Let me straighten after pain, as a tree straightens after the rain,


Shining and lovely again.


God, make me brave for life; much braver than this.


As the blown grass lifts, let me rise


From sorrow with quiet eyes,


Knowing Thy way is wise.


God, make me brave, life brings


Such blinding things.


Help me to keep my sight;


Help me to see aright


That out of dark comes light.


-- Author Unknown




Prayer of Comfort

Grant unto us, Almighty God, in all time of sore distress,


the comfort of the forgiveness of our sins.


In time of darkness give us blessed hope,


in time of sickness of body give us quiet courage;


and when the heart is bowed down, and the soul is very heavy,


and life is a burden, and pleasure a weariness,


and the sun is too bright, and life too mirthful,


then may that Spirit, the Spirit of the Comforter, come upon us,


and after our darkness may there be the clear shining of the heavenly light;


that so, being uplifted again by Thy mercy,


we may pass on through this our mortal life


with quiet courage, patient hope, and unshaken trust,


hoping through Thy loving-kindness and tender mercy


to be delivered from death into the large life of the eternal years.


Hear us of Thy mercy, through Jesus Christ our Lord - Amen.


--George Dawson




Prayer for Freedom From Suffering

May all beings everywhere plagued


with sufferings of body and mind


quickly be freed from their illnesses.


May those frightened cease to be afraid,


and may those bound be free.


May the powerless find power,


and may people think of befriending


one another.


May those who find themselves in trackless,


fearful wilderness--


the children, the aged, the unprotected--


be guarded by beneficent celestials,


and may they swiftly attain Buddhahood.


-- The Buddha




Prayer for Bereaved Parents

God, you sacrificed your son so that we and our children would transcend physical death. We know that you grieved when he was crucified and that you grieve over all the atrocities done by men -- especially in your name. You know and understand grief as you know and understand all. You know best how to comfort these parents. Lift their hearts up to you and fill them with your peace. Your understanding is beyond our human comprehension, but give them the knowledge and faith to endure even that which they can't understand. Let them be aware of you always God, and help them to remember that your Love is Life that can never really be taken away.


--Beliefnet member

anacleo7


Honoring the Dead

From the dawn of your birth


To the sunset of your death


I honor you.



From the missions you completed


To your duties left undone


I honor you.



From the seasons of your being


Through the cycle of your life


I honor you.



From your time beyond the veil


Lie your entrance back again


May the angels support you


May my healing love reach you


From this moment until the end of time


So Mote It Be.


-- Silver RavenWolf




Do Not Lose Heart

Therefore we do not lose heart.


Though outwardly we are wasting away,


yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.


For our light and momentary troubles


are achieving for us an eternal glory


that far outweighs them all.


So we fix our eyes not on what is seen,


but on what is unseen.


For what is seen is temporary,


but what is unseen is eternal.


-- 2 Corinthians 4:16-18 (New International Version)



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