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PRAYERS FOR THOSE CONTEMPLATING SUICIDE


God of love and mercy, grant me strength to overcome
my feelings of loneliness and unhappiness.
Grant me courage to walk away from this abyss of pain and desperation.
Grant me light to see your love and kindness to guide me to inner peace.
Grant me your presence in my life so that I may know you are always by my side.
God, grant me my life, now and evermore.




O Lord and Giver of Life, may we all recognize the great value of the life You have given to each one of us. But look in a special way on those who no longer find any meaning in the life they are leading.
You can see every movement of the human heart and You knew what depths of despair, discouragement, frustration, loneliness, or self-hate have led them to the edge they are standing on.
Have mercy on them, and open their eyes to see that the road has not ended. Fill their hearts with new hope. Place people in their lives who will love them, with your own love, and who will give them a reason to live again. Make them know they are worthwhile and needed.
And Lord, if You wish to use me as your instrument in touching someone, feel free to do so.

Amen


Author Unknown



PRAYERS ARE THE WORDS WE SAY WHEN WE HAVE NO WORDS


We come together to carry one small fraction of people’s pain, however little our help may be. The task of anyone who cares is simply to be there and accompany the family and friends in this nightmare. We should speak at the funeral to try to meet a myriad of needs: to name and demystify the cause of death out loud and clearly, to acknowledge that all such deaths are by a kind of coercion (whether through addiction or depression), to state the truth that pain may feel like it is forever but it is transient, to validate a spectrum of difficult feelings, to reach out to others who are hurting and thinking about doing the same, and to get through each day of grief.

No prayers are adequate. In truth, there are no words for such a situation. And so we — clergy, friends, and loved ones — usually think, “What am I supposed to say?” Because there is no such prayer in my prayer book for this situation, I composed the following out of desperation. After all, prayers are the words we say when we have no words.

Anyone using this prayer should of course use their own sensitive, good sense in adapting it to be appropriate for each particular situation. I hope what follows is helpful.


PRAYER FOR THOSE THINKING OF SUICIDE


Most loving and forgiving God, hear our prayers for all
who seek to end their life
by their own hand.

The despair is too great,
the loneliness is unbearable,
the inability to share
thoughts and feelings overwhelming,
the seeming lack of options a dead end.

Bless them with the strength of love to meet each day with new courage;
friendships to bring moments of joy in their days of anguish;
and hope for the future.
Amen.



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