I wrote this prayer in July of 2013. The husband of one of my clergy friends had cancer. He was preparing to receive a triple lumen cath followed by 4 days of chemo before receiving a bone marrow transplant the following week.
I admired how transparent they were about the whole experience. She posted on social media, “With a healthy dose of fear and much hope, we are walking this path together with the support of each of you and the grace of God to lead us.” She also posted his words before receiving the cath: “and so it begins.”
And so it begins… so much in so few words.
Their faith and the promises of God inspired this prayer.
Over the years, I’ve sadly returned to it. Every time my heart hurts. Every time God remains true and near.
This week my prayers begin for a sixteen-year-old I’ve known since she was a baby. She has Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.
May this prayer be a blessing to her, to you, and to all at the beginning of a medical journey. – Lisa <><
And so it begins,
You are The Alpha and Omega
The Beginning and the End
The First and the Last
Unmatched Majesty, yet you draw near
to this beginning
to my frailty, my brokenness
closer than breath
closer than pulse
You are with me
You are for me
You are Spirit
Way, Truth, Life
Glory Itself, yet you walk with me
on this small path
through the shadowy valleys
unknown or anticipated
My Guide and Guardian
Every day of my life
My eyes are open to my need
You make space to feel it fully and honestly
You meet me there with
Goodness and Mercy
Help and Wholeness
You are my Hope and Peace
I love you and trust you and place myself into your compassion and care
Today and Tomorrow
Prayer for the Beginning of Treatment © 2013 Lisa Ann Moss Degrenia.
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This is a beautiful poem. Thank you so much for sharing here. May I have permission to use this with the residents at the nursing home where I volunteer? Who is the author so that I can attribute it to the right person. Thanks. Blessings
You are most welcome to share it with those you serve. I’m thrilled it will be helpful to you. I am the author.
Please include this credit with the poem- Prayer for the Beginning of Treatment by Lisa Ann Moss Degrenia (www.revlisad.com)