Thank God for Jesus who bears our burdens daily and who bore our sins on the Cross.
•The Church, the body of Christ on earth.
•The skill and commitment of professional and voluntary carers.
•The many years of treatment and care provided by the National Health Service and
especially for the benefits we may personally have received.
•The many positive advances made in research and development and the lives that have
been helped and transformed as a result.
•Those who have helped to bear our burdens when they have been too many.
Ask forgiveness for
•Denying responsibility for those in need.
•Making our choices according to society’s values and not God’s.
•People who bear heavy burdens whether personally, professionally or as volunteers, that God would give them his peace and strength.
•Those in particular need – elderly people, people with HIV/AIDS, people suffering mental illness or mental handicap, people with terminal illness.
•Adequate resources and provision for continuing care in hospital and the community.
•Voluntary carers, that they will be recognised and supported especially with adequate finance and respite care.
•Health and Social Service management, that they will have wisdom to allocate resources justly, particularly in community care.
•Christians working in hospitals and in the community that they may have wisdom and strength to live out their faith in their work place.
•Hospital Chaplains, who play a vital role in the health care team.
•All voluntary groups, whether they have a specifically Christian base or not, in their important role as health care providers.
•Marriage and family life – so much illness and distress results from unhappy and broken families.
Although Christians recognise that nothing is impossible with God, we are all called to care and to love our neighbour.
Christ has no body now on earth but ours;
Ours are the only hands with which he can do his work,
Ours are the only feet with which he can go about the world,
Ours are the only eyes through which his compassion can shine forth upon a troubled world.’
Teresa of Avilla