A Prayer for Those Facing Surgery

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Dear Readers of Country Squire Magazine, I wish You well this cold and rainy Sunday. What happened to June? It is as if We are in October. I trust that You and Your families are well nonetheless.

This Sunday I would like to focus on those of us who are due surgery soon. This can be a nervous time, especially when the surgery is around the heart or brain, or – in the case of a dear friend – a whipple procedure which will remove a great chunk of liver. I think of poor Chris Froome who was shattered in a cycle crash this last week – there was not much of the fellow in the first place – that his health improves fast so he can get back on his bike.

Although surgeons these days are superbly trained and successful, there is always the danger that a procedure may fail or have dire consequences. There is the risk of infection and sometimes the anaesthesia is one’s last. The patient should not need to worry as one’s time is one’s time but it’s human nature to be anxious and to “fear the worst” even when the “worst” rarely comes in the operating theatre.

So, let us pray this Sunday for those facing the surgeon’s scalpel. Let them be reassured.

And I pray You all have a great week ahead. That You are All blessed and happy as the summer stutters on.

Lord,

You have soothed us, saying “do not worry about tomorrow”. 
Thank you that you pour out your spirit upon us a new each day. 
Thank you that your grace is sufficient for us within each moment that we live.

So I pray for my loved one that they would know your peace in their hearts. 
A peace that surpasses all understanding. 
A peace that guards their hearts and minds. 
A peace that they receive from Christ himself.

Lord, as they undergo this surgery, come and be present, watching, waiting, moving to help and guard every moment during this procedure. May they be held in your loving arms and protected from all harm.

In Jesus’ name,

Amen.

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