Prayer For Transplant Patient

prayer for transplant patient: Health care facilities are one thing that all transplant patients, carers, donors, donor families, and many friends have in common. Every one of us spends a disproportionate amount of time there for blood work, X-rays, bone scans, MRIs, and ECGs in addition to interminable paperwork. Once in a while, you start to compare yourself to the little steel ball in a pinball machine that continues bouncing off obstacles and then being hurled in odd directions away from the reward, which in our case is the gift of life. Only the recognizable “Ding, ding, ding” sound emitted by the tiny ball as it rolls across and around the board is absent.

With everything going on, both pre- and post-transplant patients are likely to experience frustration, fear, and a need for support. Most hospitals have chapels, which are calm spaces that lend itself to prayer and/or meditation. Many people resort to prayer in these settings.

We frequently struggle to find the correct words to use because of the stress of the circumstances we are in. Some people will argue that God doesn’t care about words, but others feel the need for guidance, so we looked online for some suggestions and discovered approximately three dozen that were suitable for a variety of circumstances. All of the main religions are represented in the prayers featured here. Some are sect-specific, while others are more universal.

I have also included a couple of inspirational stories and some favorite prayers or devotions from some of my friends. This list favors no denomination nor does it suggest that you must worship in any particular way or form.  It has been published as an aide to those who find themselves in need of strength from a source outside of themselves.

You may not use any of these prayers as they are written but perhaps you’ll find a phrase here, a sentence there and a thought somewhere else that together help you form a new prayer that fits your particular needs.  We hope this post offers you the guidance you seek.

You can also find topics like encouraging words for transplant patient along with extensive write-ups like prayer for a liver transplant patient.

encouraging words for transplant patient

prayer for a liver transplant patient

Jewish prayers for the ill

May the One who blessed our ancestors Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, Sarah, Rebecca, Rachel and Leah, bless and heal the one who is ill: ____ son/daughter of ____. May the Holy One, the fount of blessings, shower  abundant mercies upon him/her, fulfilling his/her dreams of healing, strengthening him/her with the power of life.

Merciful one, restore him/her, heal him/her, strengthen him/her, enliven him/her. Send him/her a complete healing from the heavenly realm, a healing of body and a healing of soul, together with all who are ill soon, speedily, without delay; and let us say: Amen!

Translation by National Center for Jewish Healing

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Bless those in need of healing With refu-ah sh’lei-ma,  The renewal of body, The renewal of spirit, And let us say: Amen

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Holy One, help me to endure this disease; steady my steps on this arduous walk. Bring me through the checkpoints of treatments and therapies, confident in Your direction as I deal with these changes. You are my pillar of support and my source of hope; you are my healer. You are my Hope and my Strength, leading my caregivers as I work toward recovery.

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Protect the inspiration of small enhancements, daily thanking Your loving concern. Divine Physician, restore me for the sake of Your Name. Make me Your partner. New Psalms for Healing and Praise: From Flames to Heaven Debbie Perlman in 1998.

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A Prayer Before Surgery

I am scared, God. I feel vulnerable.  I don’t like feeling helpless. I am worried. So before my surgery I pray:

I place my body and soul in Your hands.

Please watch over me, God, in the operating

room. Stay beside me. Never leave me.

Strengthen my will to live. Enlighten my

doctors and nurses with the skill, wisdom and

insight to mend and cure me properly. Let this

procedure go smoothly without complication.

Watch over my loved ones who are worrying

about me now. Remind me that I am

resilient. That I can and will grow stronger

each day. Bless me, God, with Your healing

power, protect me from all harm, shield me

from pain. And when I wake, God, give me the

courage and passion to fight for the sacred

treasure You have granted me: my life. Amen.

From

Talking to God

by Naomi Levy, ©2002 by Naomi

Levy. Used by permission of Alfred A. Knopf, a division

of Random House, Inc

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A prayer for healing

God, hear my prayer,
And let my cry come to You.
Do not hide from me in the day of my distress
Turn to me and speedily answer my prayer.
Eternal God, Source of healing,
Out of my distress I call upon You.
Help me sense Your presence
At this difficult time.
Grant me patience when the hours are heavy;
In hurt or disappointment give me courage.
Keep me trustful in Your love.
Give me strength for today, and hope for tomorrow.
To your loving hands I commit my spirit
When asleep and when awake. You are with me; I shall not fear.

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Prayer for healing
Hear my prayer, O Lord, heed my plea for mercy.
In time of trouble I call You, for You will answer me.
When pain and illness are my companions, let there be room in my heart for strength.
When the days and nights are filled with darkness, let the light of courage find its place.
Help me endure the suffering and dissolve the fear; renew within me the calm spirit of trust and peace.
Boruch Atah Adonai, Ro-fei HaCholim
We praise you, O God, Healer of the Sick

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Simplest of all prayers.  When Moses’ sister, Miriam, is struck by disease, Moses offers the shortest prayer in the Hebrew Bible:

“Eil na rafa na la.”

“Please, God, please heal her.”

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Islamic prayer for healing

Oh Allah! The Sustainer of Mankind! Remove the illness, cure the disease. You are the One Who cures. There is no cure except Your cure. Grant us a cure that leaves no illness. (Recommended to touch the area of pain with the right hand while reciting this supplication.)

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From Organ Transplant Initiative (OTI) member Cari Rennie:

“When I am in physical pain or suffering, my lips repeat the words “Christ be with me” over and over.”

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Non-denominational prayer for everyone

Oh Almighty! May everybody be happy!
May all be free from ailments!
May we see what is auspicious!
May no one be subject to miseries!
Oh Almighty! May there be a Peace! Peace! Peace! Everywhere.

Rigveda 4:11:51 – india – 3700 b.c.e.

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From friend Bob Huck a prayer for inner peace:

“Dear Lord let the flood of your compassion overwhelm me with peace in my soul when you take me in your arms while I know such awful fear and am in such terrible pain. Teach me and the ones I love of your presence in these trials and let us all see your victory over every earthly trial”

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Also from Bob Huck, thank you lord

Dear Lord, I am thankful for all of the worldly gifts you give me and trials as well. Both strengthen me. Your promise of grace and sanctification is a pure and beautiful expression of your infinite love for me no matter my circumstances. But sometimes Lord, I just suffer and forget your end plan for me. It is in these times that I trust that you are there for me in my earthly weakness even if I don’t say it in prayer I know it in my heart. I know your peace will pass all understanding. So I trust your plan for me even if it looks like I have forgotten it in times of trial. Thank you Father, for allowing me to trust your plans.

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Reverence for life – Dr. Albert Schweitzer – 1964

Dear God, protect and bless all living beings.
Keep them from evil and let them sleep in peace.

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While not a prayer, this passage can give comfort and serenity to those who are suffering.  Isaiah 41:10

New International Version (NIV)

So do not fear, for I am with you;
do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

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Baha’i prayers – bahá’u’lláh

O my God! O my God!
Unite the hearts of Thy servants,
and reveal to them Thy great purpose.
May they follow Thy commandments
and abide in Thy law.
Help them, O God, in their endeavor,
and grant them strength to serve Thee. O God!
Leave them not to themselves
but guide their steps by the light of Thy knowledge,
and cheer their hearts by Thy love.
Verily, Thou art their Helper and their Lord.

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Prayer for comforting

Loving and ever-present God, we believe that your grace is sufficient for all things. Comfort us anew by your presence.  Allow that in our weakness we may be made strong, in our grief, consoled, and in our ignorance, wise.   Protect and guide us that we may know the way to take and that at each crossroad of life we may see the right path to choose. Safeguard us by your power, uphold us your kindness, and warm us by your love. By your divine grace help us to do what is right, to act courageously, to love our neighbors, to forgive our enemies.  By your grace, bless us through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

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From Cousin Karen Wilson Ramsey

Stand By The Lord by Karen Wilson Ramsey

 I stand by the Lord who will help us all.

I stand by the Lord who prevents my fall.

His beautiful spirit brings peace to me.

Let me testify of His love for me and thee.

May all of the storms and the strife of life,

Pass over the door and remove all fright.

Let the river of Gilead wash the fear away,

So that my day will brighten and glorify your way.

I stand by the Lord who will help us all.

I stand by the Lord who prevents my fall.

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 Reflections

by Karen Wilson Ramsey

 May the sun keep shining

While God’s love is binding

Your spirit to all you encounter.

May the news of His love

Always pour from above

To shower the spiritual hunter.

May the light of His face

GLow brightly in each place

Your feet are forced to walk.

May the Lord’s Hallowed Glow

Shine through the hole

Of the Devil’s heavy road block.

The scriptures you read

Will be all you need

While prayers, faith, and a smile

Will buoy you all the while

You are crossing the Nile.

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A prayer poem by Edna Fontaine

 WHISPERS OF THE HEART

Today I thank You, Lord,

For all the joys You bring –

For rainbows in the sky –

For flowers in the spring –

For warmth of gentle rain

That falls from up above –

For wealth of little prayers

That fill my need for love –

For friends who fail me not

When I am in some need,

When my despair is plain to see,

Are there my soul to feed.

You are so kind and gentle, Lord,

Forgive the faults in me

And keep me ever close to You

Until I come to Thee.   based on Rev. 15:3

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Prayer for strength

Holy God, sometimes things are really difficult for us especially when we have to face our humanness in a way that is not necessarily comfortable for us. Thank you for being present with us and helping us to look at our living and our dying. Remind us when we are fearful of death that You will be there with us each step of the way.  Help our family members and those we love as they try to deal with what is happening as well.  Let Your love and presence be felt as we express our fears, our concerns, and our mortality.  Help us to always to remember that through our faith in You, we can live and we can die.  We pray these prayers with the assurance of the love and compassion that your Son, Jesus Christ, has shown to us throughout our lives. We know that Jesus will be there to welcome our souls into God’s presence.  Amen.

From A Clergy Guide to End-of-Life Issues / Martha R. Jacobs

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Prayer for mourners

Venerable and hallowed are the memories of those who have died.  We recall them with warmth and affection, grateful to G0d for the gift of their lives, for their faithful companionship, and for the cherished reminiscences which endure. May God comfort all who mourn. May God grant them strength to see beyond their sorrow, and sustain them in their grief. In solemn testimony to that unbroken faith which links our generations one to another, those observing Yahrzeit and those who mourn now take a silent minute to contemplate their faith in God, to magnify and sanctify God’s holy name. Amen

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(Adapted from the mourner’s Kaddish)

There are often times, O God, when I feel alone, and yet I know in my heart that I am never alone. You are always there waiting for me to speak to You of my desires, hopes and dreams.

Yet how seldom do I reach out to You to voice my gratitude for all that is beautiful in my life… all the gifts of my life. Love, family, friendship, have come from You.
But the greatest gift of all is Your presence, which time and again has given me strength, faith and courage.

Now, in the midst of doubt and confusion, I need to know that You are beside me in the depth of my being. With You there, I know I am not alone – ever.
My Friend, my strength, my God. From Gates of Healing ©1988 by Central Conference of American Rabbis.

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From Friend Andre Armstrong:

Here’s a prayer or devotional often credited to Mother Teresa. She wasn’t the original author, but posted it in her room. It’s one of my favorites.

People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered. Forgive them anyway.

If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.

If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies. Succeed anyway.

If you are honest and sincere people may deceive you. Be honest and sincere anyway.

What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight. Create anyway.

If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous. Be happy anyway.

The good you do today, will often be forgotten. Do good anyway.

Give the best you have, and it will never be enough. Give your best anyway.

In the final analysis, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.

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Muslim prayer for those suffering loss

In your religious practice, don’t go beyond the bounds of propriety, wander from the truth, or give in to the selfish ambitions of persons who erred in the past—who led many astray and diverted themselves from the straight path. Surah 5:77 of the Holy Qur’an

In the name of the most kind and merciful Allah. Glory be to Allah, the world’s protector and sustainer, the most generous and merciful. We worship you, Master of the Day of Judgment, and we ask for your assistance. Show us the correct path, the path taken by those whom you have showered with grace. We sincerely pray that you would bestow blessings onto all those who are grieving, provide them serenity, and endow everyone with insight and compassion. Amen

Prayer of Beautiful Memories

A bouquet of beautiful memories,
Sprayed with a million tears,
Wishing God could have
spared you,
If just for a few more years.
It does not take a special day,
For us to think of you,
Each Mass we hear,
Each prayer we say,
Is offered up for you.
We cannot bring the old days back,
When we were all together,
Our family chain is broken now,
But memories live for ever

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Helen Keller and God.

This is a true story of Helen Keller not long after she learned to hear through someone writing on her palm:

One day she asked her guardian/tutor to tell her about God. So as best she could the guardian/tutor began to try explain the Lord to her deaf, dumb and blind charge about the nature of God and Jesus and Their work in the world. After quite a long time and great struggle to find the right words the guardian/tutor finished and asked Helen if she understood what was told to her. Her response was, “I always knew God, I just did not know what He looked like.”

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Buddhist Blessing and Healing Chant

Just as the soft rains fill the streams, pour into the rivers and join together in the oceans, so may the power of every moment of your goodness flow forth to awaken and heal all beings, Those here now, those gone before, those yet to come.

By the power of every moment of your goodness…
May your heart’s wishes be soon fulfilled, as completely shining as the bright full moon, as magically as by a wish-fulfilling gem.
May all dangers be averted and all disease be gone.
May no obstacle come across your way.
May you enjoy fulfillment and long life.

For all in whose heart dwells respect, who follow the wisdom and compassion of the Way, May your life prosper in the four blessings, of old age, beauty, happiness and strength.

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From Heaven’s Inspirations, A letter from God

Good morning,

As you got up I watched and hoped you would talk
to me. Just a few words, such as thanking me for
something good in your life yesterday or last
week, would do.

But I noticed you were busy selecting the right
clothes for work. I waited again to hear from you.
When you ran around the house collecting papers,
I knew there would be a few minutes to stop and
say hello, but you never slowed down.

I wanted to tell you that I could help you
accomplish more than you ever dreamed possible
if you would just spend some of each day with me.
At one point you waited fifteen minutes in a chair
with nothing to do. I waited to hear from you.

Then I saw you spring to your feet; I thought
you wanted to talk to me, but you ran to the
phone and called a friend. I watched as off
to work you went and waited patiently all day
long to hear from you. With all your activities
you were too busy to talk with me.

I noticed at lunch you looked around; maybe you
just felt embarrassed to talk to me. You glanced
three tables over and noticed some of your friends
talking to me before they ate, but you wouldn’t.

There was still more time left, and I hoped that we
would talk. You went home and had many things to do.
After they were done, you turned on the TV; just
about anything goes there and you spend many hours
watching. I waited as you continued watching TV and
ate your meal but again you wouldn’t talk to me.

At bedtime you were totally tired. After you said
good night to your family you plopped into bed and
fell asleep. I had so much wanted to be part of your
day. We could have had so much fun and accomplished
so much together.

I love you so much that I wait everyday for a thought,
prayer or thanks. Well, maybe tomorrow! I’ll be waiting.

Your Friend,

God

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Nondenominational Prayers for Healing

These four nondenominational prayers for healing have been selected by the pastoral care staff at the UCSF/Mount Zion Medical Center.

My God and God of all generations, in my great need I pour out my heart to you. Long days and weeks of suffering are hard to endure. In my struggle, I reach out for the help that only you can give. Let me feel that you are near, and that your care enfolds me. Rouse me with the strength to overcome my weakness, and brighten my spirit with the assurance of your love. Help me to sustain the hopes of my loved ones as they strive to strengthen and encourage me. May the healing power you have placed within me give me the strength to recover so I may fulfill my journey in the Divine Plan.

In sickness I turn to you, O God, as a child turns to a parent for comfort and help. Strengthen within me the wondrous power of healing that you have implanted in your children. Guide my doctors and nurses, that they may speed my recovery. Let the knowledge of your love comfort my loved ones, lighten their burdens and renew their faith. May my sickness not weaken my faith in you, nor diminish my love for other human beings. From my illness may I gain a truer appreciation of life’s gifts, a deeper awareness of life’s blessings, and a fuller sympathy for all who are in pain.

Send me, O God, your healing, so that I may quickly recover from the illness that has come upon me. Sustain my spirit, relieve my pain and restore me to perfect health, happiness and strength. Grant unto my body your healing power so I may continue to be able to bear testimony to your everlasting mercy and love, for you, O Lord, art a faithful and merciful healer.

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Prayer to be at Peace

Do not fear the changes of life–
Rather look to them with full hope as they arise.
God, whose very own you are,
Will deliver you from out of them.
He has kept you hitherto,
And He will lead you safely through all things;
And when you cannot stand it,
God will bury you in His arms.
Do not be afraid of what may happen tomorrow;
The same everlasting Father who cares for you today
Will take care of you then and every day.
He will either shield you from suffering,
Or He will give you unfailing strength to bear it.
Be at Peace–
And put aside all anxious thoughts and imaginations.
–St. Francis de Sales

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A prayer for aging with dignity

I don’t want to grow old God. I don’t want any part of it. But since I have no power to stop the clock, my prayer is this: Let me age with grace.

Show me the way, God. Be with me. Grant health to my body and clarity to my mind. Give me strength. Help me to overcome my vanity. Teach me to combat self-pity. Don’t allow me to become set in my ways. Shield me from isolation and from loneliness.

May the love of my family and friends be my reward for all the struggles of my youth.

Let all the blessings of age emanate from me. Let wisdom flow from my mouth, let compassion flow from my heart, let acts of kindness flow from my arms, let faith flow from my soul, let joy shine forth from my eyes. Amen.

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A morning prayer

There are so many things I take for granted. May I not ignore them today.

Just for today, help me, God, to remember that my life is a gift, that my health is a blessing, that this new day is filled with awesome potential, that I have the capacity to bring something wholly new and unique and good into this world.’

Just for today, help me, God, to remember to be kind and patient to the people who love me, and to those who work with me too. Teach me to see all the beauty that I so often ignore, and to listen to the silent longing of my own soul.

Just for today, help me, God, to remember You.

Let this be a good day, God, full of joy and love. Amen.

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A prayer for the body

Thank You, God, for the body You have given me. Most of the time I take my health for granted. I forget how fortunate I am to live without pain or disability, how blessed I am to be able to see and hear and walk and eat. I forget that this body of mine, with all its imperfections is a gift from You.

When I am critical of my appearance, remind me, God, that I am created in Your holy image. If I become jealous of someone else’s appearance, teach me to treasure my unique form.

Help me, God, to care for my body. Teach me to refrain from any action that will bring harm to me. If I fall prey to a self-destructive habit, fill me with the strength to conquer my cravings.

Lead me to use my body wisely, God. Guide my every limb, God, to perform acts of compassion and kindness.

I thank You, God, for creating me as I am. Amen.

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A blessing for healing (for physical and spiritual healing that can be said with the laying on of hands)

May God heal your body and soul.

May your pain cease,

May your strength increase,

May your fears be released,

May blessings, love, and joy surround you.

Amen.

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Prayer for Common Ground

Today, may I be open to others’ ideas and beliefs,
respectful of our differences, not threatened by them.
May I grow in understanding of my own motives,
knowing that people often act out of their own fears.
May I be a force for replacing fear with insight,
helping us all to be patient and kind as we talk.
Strength, real strength, can always find compromise,
working together, may we find a common ground,
enable us to move forward with a shared purpose.
May we see what is truly important and unites us,
focusing on that, to banish road blocks of ego and fear,
today, may I be open to others’ ideas and beliefs.

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