When Pain Piles On

A Prayer for when Pain Piles On


God, we lift up those whose pain is piled on top of pain

For those who have borne all that they can bear

And then




Gets added to the pile

One more injury

One more bad diagnosis

One more broken relationship

One more early morning phone call

One more loss

added to the pile of grief and pain and disappointment

and the bearer of these burdens and all who love the bearer

can’t help but think…

Is God not paying attention?

Is God angry with him or her or them?

Is this a test?

Or even

Maybe there is no God at all and

we’re all just on our own in this mess

May those who lack the strength to carry on

Trust in You when their own strength fails

And when they come to You



Heavy Laden

and still can find no rest

Turn those who love them into a team of porters

to help bear the load

Turn those who love them into a union of stone masons

to help put the broken pieces back together

Turn those who love them into crew of road workers

to help fill the empty spaces and smooth out the rough patches

Turn those who love them into a battalion of prayer warriors

to pray for for those who cannot pray for themselves

because they are pretty sure no one is listening.

May you give an extra measure of strength, O God,

To those who are hurting

And to those who love them

That they, that we, might continue together on our journey as Your people.

–Rev. Anne Russ

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