A Prayer

Author Unknown

(I found this prayer among papers in my Dad’s file box of important information after he died. I believe he prayed this prayer. For me, it represents his admirable character.)

Lord, Thou knowest that I am growing older.
Keep me from becoming too talkative,
and particularly keep me from falling into the tiresome habit
of expressing an opinion on every subject.
Release me from the craving to straighten out everybody’s affairs.
Keep my mind free from the recital of endless details.
Give me wings to get to the point.
Give me grace, dear Lord, to listen to others describe their aches and pains.
Help me to endure the boredom with patience and to keep my lips sealed.
For my own aches and pains are increasing in number and intensity,
and the pleasure of discussing them is becoming sweeter as years go by.
I dare not ask for improved memory, but for a growing humility,
and a lessening cocksureness when my memory
seems to clash with the memories of others.
Keep me reasonably sweet; I do not want to be a Saint –
some of them are so hard to live with –
but a sour old person is one of the crowning works of the devil.
Give me the ability to see good things in unexpected places
and talents in unexpected people.
And, give me, O Lord, the grace to tell them so.
Make me thoughtful, but not moody;helpful, but not pushy;
Independent, yet able to accept with graciousness favors that others wish to bestow on me.
Free me of the notion that simply because I have lived a long time
I am wiser than those who have not lived long.
If I do not approve of some of the changes that have taken place in recent years,
give me the wisdom to keep my mouth shut.
Lord knows that when the end comes,
I would like to have a friend or two left. AMEN.

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Prayer of an Alzheimer’s Patient

Author Unknown

Please grant my visitors tolerance for my confusion,
forgiveness for my irrationality,
and the strength to walk with me
into the mist my world has become.
Please let them take my hand, stay awhile,
even though I seem unaware of their presence.
Help them know how their strength and loving care
will drift slowly into the days to come
just when I need it most.
Let them know when I don’t recognize them
that I will, I will.
Keep their hearts free from sorrow for me.
And finally,
please let them know how much their visit means,
how even through this relentless mystery
I can still feel their love.

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An Adaptation of Psalm 23

(This is a favorite psalm that I would pray whenever I was under stress. Unfortunately, I don’t know who the author is.)

The Lord is my constant companion. There is no need that He cannot fulfill.

Whether His course for me points to the mountaintops of glorious ecstasy

or to the valleys of human suffering, He is by my side.

He is ever present with me.

He is close beside me when I tread the dark streets of danger,

and even when I flirt with death itself, He will not leave me.

When the pain is severe, He is near to comfort me.

When the burden is heavy, He is there to lean upon.

When depression and sadness darken my soul, He touches me with eternal joy.

When I feel empty and alone, He fills the aching vacuum with His power.

My security is in His promise to be near to me always,

and in the knowledge that He will never let me go.

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May the sun bring you new energy by day;

May the moon softly restore you by night;    Sun rising over lake

May the rain wash away your worries;

May the breeze blow new strength into your being.

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“Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, ‘I will try again tomorrow.'”

(Mary Anne Radmacher)

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 A Prayer for People Who Care for Loved Ones

Lord, I pray today for the people who care for men and women with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. You know how hard their work is, how scant their resources, and how heavy their burdens. Their hearts are, at times, filled with sorrow, and at other times delighted by the glimmers of their loved one who once was but is no more.

Please, Lord, be close by when these caregivers need your comfort and strength. Fill their hearts with your goodness and solace, and their souls with love. Help them find ways to rest and take care of themselves. And let them be heartened each day, lifted each day, and loved each day as they care for their family member or friend who is worthy of dignity and respect. Amen!

(Adapted from

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A Prayer for the New Year

God, our loving Father, at the start of this new year,

we ask for Your guidance to face the future that lies ahead.

We have our hopes and expectations, our dreams and desires,

but You alone know what the days will hold in store for us.

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Give us strength of body, mind, and spirit,

and wisdom, patience, and common sense

to meet the endless challenges we will face as caregivers.

We humbly put our hands into Your hand.

In the midst of life’s uncertainties,

and the progression of our loved one’s disease,

remind us of Your unchanging love.

Help us turn to You for the stability and comfort we will need

when we face heartaches and disappointments.

Help us put aside anxiety about the future,

so that we might live in peace with You now,

one day at a time.

Help us respond with compassion and love

to family, friends, and those who turn to us in their time of need.

Thank You for Your goodness and blessings of the past year.

All this we ask, in the name of Jesus, Your Son, and our Lord and Savior.


(Written by Vicki Kaufmann for Family Caregivers)

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A Gaelic Blessing

Deep peace of the running wave to you.

Deep peace of the flowing air to you.

Deep peace of the quiet earth to you.

Deep peace of the shining stars to you.

Deep peace of the gentle night to you.

Moon and stars pour their healing light on you.

Deep peace of Christ, the Light of the World, to you.

Deep peace of Christ to you.

(To hear this sung by Libera, music by John Rutter:

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A Prayer for the Season of Spring 

Just as out of the dark ground comes the blossom, so out of the night, a morning appears. Father, thank You for the sense of Your presence in the midst of the anxieties of our daily life. Help me to realize Your love for me, and to be reminded of it with the dawn of each new day. Amen.

(Taken from the Facebook page of the Family and Respect Life Office, Archdiocese of Cincinnati.)

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The Knots Prayer    knots-325425_640

Dear God,

Please untie the knots that are in my mind, my heart and my life.

Remove the have nots, the can nots, and the do nots  that I have in my mind.

Erase the will nots, may nots, might nots that may find a home in my heart.

Release me from the could nots, would nots, and should nots that obstruct my life.

And most of all, dear God,

I ask that you remove from my mind, my heart, and my life,

all the “am nots” that I have allowed to hold me back, especially the thought that I am not good enough.


(Author Unknown)

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A Prayer for Strength

Dear Lord, some days it feels that my life is broken in so many places. Today is one of those days when I am in a valley of discouragement and pain. My loved one needs me right now. This disease is horrible! I fear I may not make it through without breaking and cracking in more places in my heart.

I recall your words, “I am with you always, until the end of time.” This gives me comfort and peace. Cover me with your light and grace. Help me bear my burdens with strength and compassion. Patch me up to carry on. I pray that my love, devotion, and dedication to my loved one be renewed for today.

Lord, I thank you for your love and your faithfulness!  

(Written by Vicki M. Kaufmann for Family Caregivers)

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A Lakota Indian Prayer

“Earth, teach me suffering, as old stones suffer with memory.  eagle-1025231_640

Earth, teach me courage, as the tree which stands alone.
Earth, teach me freedom, as the eagle which soars in the sky.
Earth, teach me to forget myself, as melted snow forgets its life.
Earth, teach me regeneration, as the seed which rises in the spring.
Earth, teach me humility, as blossoms are humble with beginning.”
— Chief Yellow Lark, Lakota

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Paraphrase of Psalm 105

How great is my God, and how I love to sing His praises!
Whereas I am often frightened when I think about the future,
And confused and disturbed by the rapidly changing events about me,
My heart is secured and made glad
When I remember how He has cared for me throughout the past. heart in sky pixabay-570962_640

When I was brought forth from my mother’s womb,
God’s hand was upon me.
Through parents and people who cared,
He loved and sheltered me
and set me upon His course for my life.

Through illness and accidents my God has sustained me.
Around pitfalls and precipices He has safely led me.
When I became rebellious and struck out on my own,
He waited patiently for me to return.
When I fell on my face in weakness and failure,
He gently set me upon my feet again.
He did not always prevent me from hurting myself,
but He took me back to heal my wounds.

Through trials and errors, failures and successes,
my God has cared for me.
From infancy to adulthood, He has never let me go.
His love has led – or followed me,
through the valleys of sorrow and the highlands of joy,
through times of want, and years of abundance.   Amanhecer_no_Hercules_Carlos Perez Couto--

He has bridged impassable rivers and moved impossible mountains.
Sometimes through, sometimes in spite of me,
He seeks to accomplish His purposes in my life.
He has kept me through the stormy past;
He will secure and guide me through the perilous future.
I need never be afraid,
no matter how uncertain may be the months or years ahead of me.

How great is my God, and how I love to sing His praises!

(Author of Revision Unknown)


Prayer for the Autumn Season

God of the seasons,
there is a time for everything; there is a time for dying and a time for rising.
We need to enter into the transformation process.

God of autumn,
the trees are saying goodbye to their green, letting go of what has been.
We, too, have our moments of surrender, with all their insecurity and risk.
Help us let go when we need to do so.

autumn-landscape-1139084_640God of fallen leaves lying in colored patterns on the ground,
our lives have their own patterns.
As we see the patterns of our own growth, may we learn from them.

God of misty days and harvest moon nights,
there is always the dimension of mystery and wonder in our lives.
We need to recognize Your power-filled presence.
May we gain strength from this.

God of harvests and fields of ripened grain,
many gifts of growth lie with the season of our surrender.
We must wait for harvest in faith and hope.
Grant us patience when we do not see the blessings.

God of geese going south for another season,wheat-field-640960_640
Your wisdom enables us to know what needs to be left behind,
and what needs to be carried into the future.
We yearn for insight and vision.

God of flowers touched with frost and windows wearing white designs,
may Your love keep our hearts from growing cold in the empty seasons.

God of life,
You believe in us, You enrich us, You entrust us with the freedom to choose life.
For all this, we are grateful.

(Taken from:

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Prayer Based on Psalm 40, Verse 5                    Girl Praying -1867402_640

“Blessed are they who hope in the Lord.”   

O God, I come before you and ask that You lend Your merciful ear to hear my prayer.

At times I feel fearful, anxious, broken, angry, lonely, unloved.

My worries drag me down and drain my physical, emotional, and spiritual energies.

In Your kindness, pour out the grace of Your blessing upon me, and give me strength

that I may continue to care for the loved one You entrusted to me.

I place all my worries, anxieties, and cares in Your hands.

Do not forsake me, O God, for I hope in You. Amen.

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Prayer for the Grace to Age Well

by Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, SJ

When the signs of age begin to mark my body  Marcia's Photo

(and still more when they touch my mind);

when the ill that is to diminish me or carry me off

strikes from without or is born within me;

when the painful moment comes

in which I suddenly awaken

to the fact that I am ill or growing old;

and above all at that last moment

when I feel I am losing hold of myself

and am absolutely passive within the hands

of the great unknown forces that have formed me:

in all those dark moments, O God,

grant that I may understand that it is you

(provided only my faith is strong enough)

who are painfully parting the fibers of my being

in order to penetrate to the very marrow

of my substance and bear me away within Yourself.