A Litany for those grieving

For Bex.

God the Father,have mercy upon us.
God the Son, have mercy upon us.
God the Holy Spirit,have mercy upon us.
Holy, blessed and glorious Trinity, have mercy upon us.

From superficial sentiment and painful platitudes about the plans you have for us, good Lord deliver us
From sleepless nights and the dread of the ‘if only’, good Lord deliver us
From kale smoothies, snake oil and the friend of a friend’s miracle cure on Facebook, good Lord deliver us.

For friendships forged in pixels and in person, we praise you O Lord
For communities created in festival fields, workplaces and conferences, we praise you O Lord
For Facebook updates, Opinion Minutes and the documenting of a life, we praise you O Lord.

For hospitals, hospices, consultants and nurses, respiratory physiotherapists, radiographers, phlebotomists and cleaners, we give thanks to you O Lord
For #waitingroomfeet and the inspiration to others to share their stories, we give thanks to you O Lord
For mail order, wish lists, Pokemon and cheese, we give thanks to you O Lord
For researchers, clinical trials, hypotheses and all the knowledge of our bodies, we give thanks to you O Lord.

For faith in you the Creator and knowledge of your loving kindness, we give thank to you, O Lord
For the fellowship of the Holy Spirit and the love of Christ, we give thanks to you, O Lord
For the the rooms you have prepared for us, we give thanks to you, O Lord
For the ending of pain and the gift of eternal life, we give thanks to you, O Lord.

In righteous anger and protest at lives undervalued, strengthen us, O Lord
In campaigning, teaching and understanding chronic illness, strengthen us, O Lord
In living on without our daughter, sister, cousin, colleague and friend, strengthen us, O Lord.

Holy God,
holy and strong,
holy and immortal,
have mercy upon us.

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