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Aug 27, 2021

As a caregiver, do you ever struggle with knowing how to pray? Over my 35 years as Gracie's husband and caregiver, I sure have. I wrote this prayer for my book, Hope for the Caregiver, and it seemed to mean a lot to fellow caregivers.

The Caregiver’s Prayer
Heavenly Father, I love _______.
I have committed my life to caring for him/her,
Yet I know the task is greater than my abilities.
As I seek to help another,
I ask for strength to shoulder the burdens before me.
Yet I also ask for the wisdom to know what is mine to carry.
I ask for the courage to admit my failures and make amends.
I thank you for your grace and mercy,
And ask that you help me daily apply it to myself and extend it to others.
As I walk through this long valley of the shadow of death,
I ask for a deeper awareness of your presence to calm my fears.
Glancing backward, may I only see your provision.
Looking ahead at difficult roads, may I see your guidance.
May I reflect you as I minister to this one whom I love.
I pray all this in the name of your son, Jesus Christ,
Who laid down his own life ... for me.
© 2014 Peter W. Rosenberger

Song: Sweet Hour of Prayer from SONGS FOR THE CAREGIVER