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Help My Hurting Heart

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Consider Lent a time for tending wounds.

Consider Holy Week a container for your pain, your heartbreak, your disappointment, your anxiety, your grief.

Consider these days a time of special communion, in which you walk with Jesus.

Your prayers this week can be simple:

  • “God, help my hurting heart.”
  • “Lord, take all that’s unresolved in my life and please hold it tenderly, watchfully.”
  • “Jesus, how can I be a friend to you when others run away?”
  • “Christ, how can I help you carry this awful cross?”
  • “Lord, what does it feel like to say, ‘Not my will, but yours be done’? How did you pray that?”
  • “God of the universe, help me see, in Jesus’ suffering, the suffering of people all around me who need my love.”
  • “Mary, I’m so sorry that you had to witness all that happened to your son. I wish I could have been there to hold you and cry with you.”
  • “Jesus, help me watch with you, even if it’s just for a little while.”

Pray from the place in you that is honest and full of longing.

Pray with your own words. Pray with images, objects, settings that mean something to you.

Just, pray.

This post is a part of An Ignatian Prayer Adventure, Week 7.

Vinita Hampton Wright
Vinita Hampton Wrighthttp://www.loyolapress.com/authors/vinita-hampton-wright
Vinita Hampton Wright edited books for 32 years, retiring in 2021. She has written various fiction and non-fiction books, including the novel Dwelling Places and spirituality books Days of Deepening Friendship, The Art of Spiritual Writing, Small Simple Ways: An Ignatian Daybook for Healthy Spiritual Living, and, most recently, Set the World on Fire: A 4-Week Personal Retreat with the Female Doctors of the Church. Vinita is a spiritual director and continues to facilitate retreats and write fiction and nonfiction. She lives with her husband, two dogs, and a cat in Springdale, Arkansas.


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