“It’s Me Again God”

May it be a light to you in dark places, even when all other lights go out.

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Yesterday, a friend of mine informed me about a family member who has a history of addiction and depression, who recently tried to commit suicide.  I felt so badly for this person whom I shall call Jane Doe.  I am aware of the fact that depression can be caused by biological chemical imbalances or other health issues.  However, it is my belief that this is also a spiritual matter, in which the devil and/or his minions inspire hopelessness and despair.  I have been praying for this person since yesterday quite steadily.

I happened to find a prayer called, “It’s Me Again God,” written by Helen Steiner Rice and set forth upon a card by the Rev. Patrick Peyton, C.S.C., who advocated steadily for family prayer.  I shall set forth this prayer again for all of us:

Remember me, God?
I come every day
Just to talk with you, Lord,
And to learn how to pray . . .
You reach out Your hand,
I need never explain
For YOU understand. . .
I come to You frightened
And burdened with care
So lonely and lost
And so filled with despair,
And suddenly, Lord,
I’m no longer afraid,
My burden is lighter
And the dark shadows fade . . .
Oh, God, what a comfort
To know that You care
And to know when I seek You
YOU WILL ALWAYS BE THERE!

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MD Hobbit
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MD Hobbit

I will pray for Jane Doe. Please also try this prayer to St. Dymphna for those struggling with mental illness: Lord Jesus Christ, You have willed that St. Dymphna should be invoked by thousands of clients as the patroness of nervous and mental disease and have brought it about that her interest in these patients should be an inspiration to and an ideal of charity throughout the world. Grant that, through the prayers of this youthful martyr of purity, those who suffer from nervous and mental illness everywhere on earth may be helped and consoled. I recommend to You in… Read more »

Hrmfc
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Hrmfc

I will include Jane Doe in my prayers today! I hope that our prayers will lighten her spirit so she can feel God’s love. Joandarc, your faith always humbles me, I am sure God is always by your side.

Dr. Eowyn
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Thank you, Joan, for this beautiful and very moving prayer. Reading it put a lump in my throat and welling tears in my eyes.

I, too, will keep Jane Doe in my prayers….

joandarc
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joandarc

Thank you all for your very kind and loving thoughts, and for keeping Jane Doe in your prayers.

Ray's Mom
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Reblogged this on The Matter of Life and Death.

Ray's Mom
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Beautiful prayer.

Christine A Hall
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I am one, I am there, I am her. You are right Joan, that even if the depression is medical, the devil giggles w/ glee and grabs on to it, magnifying hurts, past grievances, arguments, words left unsaid, it’s a looooong and painful journey and as soon as you think you’re topping the hill, you made it! Then you trip and roll down the other side into depression again. I’m bi-polar, a way-high/way-low situation. I know the harms that come from excessive mania, God knows how I escaped w/ my life, but now, I’m considered “hypomania”, “under mania” I don’t… Read more »

pnordman
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Thank you so much for this post! I’d like to share a poem here that helped me so much when our oldest son committed suicide, his father and I were there and heard his scream and then the shot. There was something about this poem that so touched my heart: Faith – by Ella Wheeler Wilcox I will not doubt, though all my ships at sea Come drifting home with broken masts and sails; I shall believe the Hand which never fails, From seeming evil worketh good for me; And though I weep because those sails are battered, Still will… Read more »