We have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard-pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed…(2 Corinthians 4:7 and 8)
These very honest words are full of realism, but also full of promise. In the light of the truth they hold, we pray for one another and for many, patients and health care professionals, so many people ‘going through it’ but by God’s grace not ‘going under’.
- We pray for all who are responsible for decision making in these difficult financial times; and for all who are at the sharp end of delivering care in times of cuts
- We pray for all hospices in UK and elsewhere: for those who work day by day giving care to patients and their families, – that God would renew their strength and their hope as they give out so much. We pray too for those facing the reality of death this day…
- We pray for medical and nursing students beginning or continuing their studies this term, – that they will be people of deep and deepening compassion. We pray particularly for those studying here at Glamorgan, and those who teach them.
- We pray for overseas students, in all the adapting to a new situation, – and for the families they leave behind.
- We pray for staff and patients at our local hospitals, especially the Royal Glamorgan Hospital and Dewi Sant Hospital in Pontypridd
- We pray for health care workers in the armed forces, particularly those currently serving in Afghanistan, and the Chaplains who work alongside them
- We pray for health care workers across Europe, in many situations facing cuts and shortages
- We pray for those engaged in medical research
You may like to conclude by praying the Lord’s Prayer with all these people in mind…`