Breath Prayers for Fibromyalgia

The Jesus Prayer

Eastern Orthodox Christians often pray an abbreviated form of the Jesus Prayer in Greek: Kyrie eleison. The words mean, “Lord, have mercy.” Years ago I read the word “mercy” is the English translation of the Greek eleos, an old Greek word for oil—olive oil, in particular. For centuries olive oil has been used as a soothing agent for bruises and minor wounds. Think of mercy as the warm, pain-relieving balm that God gently massages into all of our hurting places.

Pray this when you feel particularly wounded:

“Lord, have mercy on me.”

Claudia Mair Burney is the author of Wounded: A Love Story, a novel about a young woman with fibromyalgia and bipolar disorder, who miraculously receives the passion wounds of Christ. She was diagnosed with fibro in 2005, and still prays daily, “Thy will be done.”

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