A Prayer for the Mentally Ill

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Dear Readers of Country Squire Magazine, I trust that You and Your families are well and prosperous. Let us remember the Japanese today as their country is battered by Typhoon Hagibis. The drenching We are getting in the British Isles seems like nothing by comparison.

This week I would like to draw Your attention to those suffering from mental illness. This could be someone You know; even someone close to You in the family or at work. At times it may seem like a lottery You never wanted to win, either knowing or being related to those with mental illness, as You simply cannot understand why they are like they are, yet You know them for who they are or were and that is enough to hold out hope for them and to love them.

The reality is that a great number of us are mentally ill. Mental illness is far more common than We know. We should gather as much empathy as possible towards the mentally ill and begin to understand that the causes are most often unknown and that the human brain is still a mostly unexplored territory.

Their carers deserve huge credit, working in conditions which pay little. How do they cope? The parents must think they have been cursed at times yet at times they must feel proud, as the mentally ill surpass all expectations. So many of the Great Britons who excelled were mentally ill. Sometimes an affliction seems like a driver to greatness. One thinks of Churchill and his black dog.

I wish You all a peaceful Sunday and a perfect week ahead. Keep dry! Stay healthy. God Bless.

Let us pray….

Loving God,

We pray today for those who are confronted by the sadness, ambiguity and confusion of mental illness, and for those upon whom they depend for attention and compassionate care. Look with mercy on all whose afflictions bring them weakness, distress, confusion or isolation. Provide for them homes of dignity and peace; give to them understanding helpers and the willingness to accept help. We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. 

Amen.

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