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Personal Prayers for Hope and Healing following Sexual Abuse  

“So, what is prayer about? I think it is indeed an invitation to honestly cry out into the universe in our pain, grief or distress and to feel that we are held in love as we do that.

It is also about daring to go down into our pain, anger or grief and to believe that we are safely accompanied into that darkness by our God. We are not required to ‘be positive’ as some people imply. We can be honest, real and raw.

When we ask, seek, knock or weep and cry out, we are promised the gift of the Holy Spirit. What is this gift? Above all, as I said, I believe that it is the assurance that we have the loving company of our God, both within us and around us. It is also about the receiving of often and unexpected gifts. We cannot determine what they should be, but are invited to open our hearts and lives to look for them and receive them. The Holy Spirit surrounds us with love and, if we look, we will see signs of that.” 

(Extract from a homily by Dorothy McRae-McMahon, Nov. 14, 2010).

http://southsydneyuniting.org.au/reports/church-council-report-2012.html


A PRAYER FOR PEACE AFTER SEXUAL ASSAULT

Loving God, I know that you hold me in the palm of your hand.
I know it is so.
But why, O Lord, why?
I rage at this sin against me, at this defilement of my body,
this assault on my peace of mind.

I mourn my lost serenity, security, confidence;
I mourn the loss of my ease and open nature.
I hate what this assault has done to me.
I feel that my body and soul may never be the same.
What has been forced upon me may not be forgotten.
But send your healing upon me like cool rain.
Soothe my spirit with the balm of your tender love.
Help me to feel secure again, as safe as ever within the shelter
of the Lord.

Let my anger not turn inward to self-loathing,
but outward for action and purpose: to help others like me,
to bring hope to those whose faith is not so strong.
Help me, with your grace,
to move beyond victim, to call myself survivor instead.

May you forgive this man’s offence against me,
and grant me the peace and serenity
of a mind and body made whole again.
Amen.

Julia Park Rodrigues from Women’s Uncommon Prayers: Our Lives Revealed, Nurtured, Celebrated. Edited by Elizabeth Rankin Geitz, Marjorie A. Burke, Ann Smith

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http://www.katharinesmith.org.uk/finding-god-in-depression/prayer-for-healing-after-physical-or-sexual-abuse/