A Litany for those in pain

Written with lines  from the “Litany for Humility” with help from Craig Churchill and Doug Foster.

O Jesus, man of sorrows and suffering,hear me.

From the desire of being known, 
                              deliver me, Jesus.
From the desire of being honored, 
                              deliver me, Jesus.
From the desire of being consulted,
                              deliver me, Jesus.
From the desire of being my old self,
                              deliver me, Jesus.
From the desire of being productive,
                              deliver me, Jesus.
From the desire of being pain-free, 
                              deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of loneliness,  
                              deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of being forgotten,
                              deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of the unknown,
                              deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of life without purpose,
                              deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of pain,     
                              deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of the future,                  
                              deliver me, Jesus.
From the bondage of self-pity,
                              deliver me Jesus.

That I may live this day with courage,
                        Jesus, grant me grace.
That I may live this day with acceptance,
                        Jesus, grant me grace.
That I may be set aside and others be chosen,
                        Jesus, grant me grace.
That I may be unnoticed and others praised,
                        Jesus, grant me grace.
That I may live this day without resentment,
                        Jesus, grant me grace.
That I may look to the future without fear,
                        Jesus, grant me grace.
That I may live this day with joy,
                        Jesus, grant me grace.
That I may live this day trusting you,
                        Jesus, grant me grace.
That I may be used to your glory,               
                        Jesus, grant me grace.

 

Glenn Pemberton is a minister turned professor turned writer. After serving churches in Texas and Colorado, Glenn completed a Ph.D. (Old Testament). He then taught at Oklahoma Christian University before coming to Abilene Christian University in 2005, retiring as professor emeritus in 2017 due to a severe chronic pain. Glenn now spends his time writing for the church. Along with short essays he has published four books, including The God who Saves: An Introduction to the Message of the Old Testament (2015), and Hurting with God: Learning to Lament with the Psalms (2012). Glenn and his wife Dana continue to live in Abilene, Texas.

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Author:  Publish Date: December 27, 2017

2 Comments

  • DawitW says:

    Excellent but I find this stanza off putting: “From the desire of being pain-free, deliver me, Jesus”. It sounds too eastern to me and not quite Christian. Some of my pain tells me that my body is not tolerating certain foods and that I need to reduce the quantity of them I consume. Other pain from racking continuous cough says it is time to take stronger cough meds or even the narcotic one I reserve for emergencies. A week today I start on immuno globulin injections. If the shots don’t improve my immune system then my guess is that I am not long for this life as bronchitis or pneumonia will become almost a continuous cycle.

    • Glenn Pemberton says:

      You are correct in dealing with acute (short term) pain that is a reliable signal to your body. For me, my chronic pain is unreliable. There is no underlying problem; the pain is the disease. Hope this makes better sense.

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