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A Prayer from a Patient

Well Hey There!

Last week I got a prayer from one of my patients who thought I could share it with others. I read it at my home church on Father’s Day and had several people ask for a copy of it, so here it is! I hope you find as much comfort from it as I have and the patient who shared it with me.


A Prayer for Healing


I come before you today in need of your healing hand. In you all things are possible. Hold my heart within yours, and renew my mind, body and soul. I am sad, but I am singing. You gave us life, and you also give us the gift of infinite joy. Give me the strength to move forward on the path you’ve laid out for me. Guide me towards better health, and give me the wisdom to identify those you’ve placed around me to help me get better. In your name, I pray.


I feel that despite it being a prayer for healing, it works incredibly well for everyday prayer. Maybe especially because it asks for healing. I think that, no matter who you are, there’s something in your life that still needs God’s healing touch. I know there’s definitely things in my life that need to be healed. I encourage you to take a moment and pray this prayer. If you feel like you really don’t have anything you need healing for, then pray it for someone else. The prayer is flexible enough that you can put someone else’s name into it if you wanted to as well.

May God grant you healing, comfort, and peace. God Bless!


CPE, flying by!

Wow, I can’t believe it has already been two and a half weeks since I started CPE! The experience has been a truly influential one, and I’m definitely looking forward to the next two months of work with this program. I have learned so much about myself, about interacting with others, and about the wonderful chaplains, nurses, case-managers, staff, and patients at the hospital! The group of chaplain interns which I am a part of has been such a tremendous group of individuals that have helped me in so many ways already. I can’t even begin to imagine what lies ahead for us as a group.

This week is our first real week of chaplain/patient interaction and I must say things are, to borrow a Winstonian phrase, “moving along smartly.” I have met with quite a few patients, have been asked back by some (which I take as a good sign) and have even completed an Advance Directive with a patient. Basically an Advance Directive is like a living will and power of attorney all rolled into one to make a stronger, more impactful legal document. For those of you reading this that haven’t completed one of these documents, I would highly suggest you do so. I plan on completing one when I return home next. Anyone age eighteen and above should seriously consider filling out an Advance Directive to avoid medical snafus if one becomes hospitalized and is not able to make decisions for him or herself.

I only WISH regular were only $1.72/gal!

On another note, I must send out a HUGE thank you to those of you who have sent financial assistance, prayed, called etc. I appreciate all that you do and can only express a very humble and heartfelt thank you! The gas card for one will be an enormous help with the daily commute back and forth from Dubuque, Iowa to Rock Island, Illinois. Not sure if you would want to be named, but you know who you are!

Unfortunately it is approaching my bedtime, but I would like to wish you all a pleasant night, a productive and fulfilling week, and a rejuvenating weekend. To each and every one of you,



Mister Rogers–Garden of Your Mind!

Hello All! I’m headed off to bed, but I saw this video on Facebook and just HAD to share it with you! Please take the time to watch it. It’s a short re-mixed song from Mr. Rogers. No, I’m not talking about Aaron Rodgers. I’m talking the Original, Vintage Mr. Rogers! I remember growing up on his show and always loving the routine, little teaching moments, the fantasy and imagination with the train set, and the FISH! Maybe that’s why I wanted pet fish growing up (and even now), because Mr. Rogers had them and took such good care of them.

Watching Mr. Rogers back then always calmed me and made me feel good about myself. Just like God’s holy presence in our lives. Our actions, just like Mr. Rogers taught us, have an impact in the world and can do a lot of good. We have been created, redeemed and empowered by God to go out in the world and make it a better place.  If that ends up looking like Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood, I think I’d be okay with that.

Anywho, here’s the video, I hope you enjoy it!

Mister Rogers Remixed–Garden of Your Mind (click the link)

CPE…What a Gas!

Hello Everyone!

I just wanted to let you know that Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) has begun for me as of Tuesday. I’ve had a great time the first three days and really feel like we have a special group of people. Unfortunately, I can’t really go too much into the details, but I will tell you that we have already had some major breakthroughs. That after only three days? I can only imagine what we’ll have accomplished after eleven weeks!

There’s really only two major issues I see with this program… time and gas money. Don’t get me wrong, I’m having a great time, but with these two, I seem to be in short supply. Nothing I can’t handle, of course, but I guess it’s a bit more drastic than I originally thought. The gas money issue shouldn’t be as bad once the four of us going to the Quad Cities start carpooling together (if it works out) but the time is a bit rough. I get up at 5AM, leave by 6:20 for the drive to Rock Island and then am there until 4:30 when we’re able to start the drive back home. By the time we get back it’s almost twelve hours since we’ve been in Dubuque. And by then, I have time to eat supper, pack my lunch for the next day, and go to bed around 8:30.

Despite all the obstacles, I’m really looking forward to getting started with this program. At the end of last semester I had asked God to show me a way I could be a voice for the voiceless. That’s still a work in progress, but I realize this program will help me to be something else entirely. I’ll be a presence for the lonely, comfort for the distressed, someone who will listen and be present in the turmoil, in the questions and doubts. I’ll be a friend, a hand to hold, and a reminder of God’s ever-presence in our lives. I can be all those things because of God. God called me to follow, and instead of saying “no” again, I simply followed.

I still marvel over the fact that God chose me. Then I remember the words “God doesn’t call the equipped, but equips the called” and it makes sense. I don’t have all the answers, and I don’t have to. I just have to trust the process and open myself to the possibilities. I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me. At this point, I hope Christ just works on strengthening my ability to shut up and listen. Because the biggest equipping I see that will happen in CPE is learning how to listen fully. With eyes, ears, heart, mind and soul.