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Spiritual Friday: Remembrance & Prayer

We began our time together on Friday with a moment of remembrance to honor a patient who left last week against medical/clinical advice and overdosed. His roommate lit a Yahrzeit candle, knelt, and said a prayer for his wife and children; it was very touching. We opened up for sharing, but it was pretty quiet. The patient’s roommate thanked everyone for reaching out to him and being so thoughtful. We then prayerfully sent the patient a song/blessing, “Long Time Sun” by Snatam Kaur.

“May the long time Sun shine upon you,

All Love surround you,

And the pure Light within you,

Guide your way on.”

It was quite an interesting day as it started out very somber, yet ended in our small groups with bonding and laughter. Our topic was “Prayer” so we went with the flow, sharing how prayer is a great source of strength, courage, peace, love, serenity, and sobriety.

In one group, the leader shared something that he has heard in meetings, “Some must die, so others can live.” He then asked that group, “What do you think?”

  • “I’ve been thinking about leaving here, but I’ve changed my mind.”
  • “[The patient]’s Spirit will watch over his children better than he could as an addicted father.”

One of our leaders shared this prayer and we gave a copy to each of the patients:

“My Lord G-d, I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end. Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think that I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so. But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you. And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing. I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire. And I know that if I do this you will lead me by the right road though I may know nothing about it. Therefore will I trust you always though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death. I will not fear, for you are ever with me, and you will never leave me to face my perils alone.” – Thomas Merton

Rabbi Kessler used this prayer in his group and spoke about The 3rd Step Prayer and the Steps in general as “the desire to please you.”

Blessings to all and have a peaceful week.

Reverend Laurie Durgan