“We Have All Been There” - Prayers for Courtney Dye

Friday, March 5, 2010

DressageDaily's Father Mack has been a long time contributor to our websites and fellow member of the International Alliance of Equestrian Journalists. A self professed horse husband and professor of the New Testament at Columbia University, Mack and his wife Ruth are here in Florida to attend for the first time the Palm Beach Dressage Derby. As news began to spread of the accident suffered by Courtney Dye while riding a young horse on her facility in Loxahatchee, we put Mack into action on the prayer front. Here he shares with us his thoughts and a prayer guide for Courtney. "Do with the attached as you see fit. While the booklet of prayers is overtly religious (and overtly Christian, at that), the accompanying article acknowledges that not all of Dressage Daily's readers are like minded, and urges non-religious people to offer hopeful thoughts in place of prayer. I hope this does some justice to the present situation and that it might be usable."

We have all been there: Your daughter’s or your granddaughter’s first competition on her pony which stands all of 13 hands tall. You and the entire family are puffed up with pride. Everyone who stands around the ring holds his or her breath as the children, one by one, trot into the arena. There is a palpable spirit that fills the place.

Today as I stood by each ring where the Palm Beach Dressage Derby began to be competed, as I walked the show grounds, there was a common spirit. We all held our breath together. We all had the highest of hopes that success would be attained.

But today our aspirations were not for a competitor who rode her mount into the rectangle and competed against flesh and blood and the ideal of the perfect dressage test. Instead we had in mind a dear young lady who struggled against the injuries she suffered only the day before. We held our collective breath and were puffed up with hope that Courtney will fight back from the damage her body has suffered.

Most of you who read these humble words of mine are not surrounded by sisters and brothers who stand and sit and kneel in such proximity to the hospital where Courtney battles and where her family and friends keep vigil. It is for those of us who stand and sit and kneel at a distance that I write and offer the accompanying booklet of prayers.

Your and my prayers (or, if you do not think yourself “religious,” then the noblest thoughts and wishes your heart can concoct) may join Courtney’s husband, Jason, her mentor, Lendon, and others who are near and dear to our stricken sister. Use the accompanying intercessions as you see fit, but – whatever your do – pray and hope and trust in the loving power that brought Courtney into this life we share that she will be strengthened and ride through this current turmoil. Even though our prayers and our thoughts may be anonymous to Courtney and Jason and the others who are nearest to her, all these are of vital importance and are acts of the noblest sort.

Courtney's Prayer

A Service of the Word for Health and Healing
Is any one among you suffering? Let him pray. Is any cheerful? Let him sing praise. Is any among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord;  and the prayer of faith will save the sick man, and the Lord will raise him up╔
James 5:13-15
C(elebrant): Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good,
P(eople): and his mercy endures forever.
C: They cried to the Lord in their trouble,
P: and he delivered them from their distress.
C: He sent forth his Word and healed them,
P: and saved them from all their troubles.
C: The Lord is righteous in all his ways,
P: and loving in all his works.
C: The Lord upholds all who fall;
P: he lifts up those who are bowed down.
C: The Lord sustains them on their sickbed,
P: and ministers to them in their illness.
C: The Lord is my strength and my song,
P: and he has become my salvation.
C: Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good,
P: and his mercy endures forever.
C: Let us pray for an outpouring of God’s healing power.

Silence is kept for personal prayer.
Then the Celebrant gathers our prayers in his.
O God, the strength of the weak and the comfort of sufferers: Mercifully hear our prayers and grant to your servant, Courtney, the help of your power, that her infirmity will be turned into health and sorrow into joy; through our Savior, Jesus Christ, your Son.
P: Amen.
C: Let us pray for those in affliction.

Silence is kept for personal prayer.
Then the Celebrant gathers our prayers in his.
Heavenly Father, comfort of the sad and strength of those who suffer: Let the prayers of your children who are in any trouble rise to you. To everyone in distress grant mercy, grant relief, grant refreshment; through your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord.
P: Amen.
C: Let us pray for those who minister in healing.

Silence is kept for personal prayer.
Then the Celebrant gathers our prayers in his.
Almighty God, source of human knowledge and skill: Guide physicians and nurses and all those you have called to practice the arts of healing. Strengthen them by your life-giving Spirit, that, by their ministries, the health of all people will be promoted and your creation will be glorified; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
P: Amen.
C: Let us pray for the ministry of family and friends.

Silence is kept for personal prayer.
Then the Celebrant gathers our prayers in his.
Loving God, our creator and redeemer: Give strength and gentleness, patience and faithfulness to family members and friends. Let their hope be in you, and by their ministry of love let your love be known; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
P: Amen.
C: Almighty God, our heavenly Father, graciously protect Courtney in her all her needs. Fill her heart with confidence that, though she may be anxious, she will put her trust in you; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
P: Amen.
C: Loving God, hold Courtney in your care. Give wisdom and skill to her doctors and nurses, and enable them to serve your purposes of love and healing; through your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord.
P: Amen.

The people gather in their thoughts the need of their friend, Courtney, saying:
C: Heavenly Father, the giver of health and salvation: As the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ, at his command, anointed many that were sick and healed them, send now your Holy Spirit, that Courtney, anoint her with the power of your Spirit so that, in humility and faith, she will be made whole; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord.
P: Amen.

C: Lord, remember us in your kingdom and teach us to pray.
All: Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name,
thy kingdom come,
thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those
who trespass against us;
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
and the power, and the glory,
forever and ever. Amen.
C: The Lord bless you and keep you.
The Lord make his face shine on you
and be gracious to you.
The Lord look upon you with favor
and W give you peace.
P: Amen.

A Prayer Following Surgery

Almighty and gracious God, we give you thanks that you have protected Courtney during surgery. Enable her to trust in your goodness, to find comfort in your abiding presence, and to praise your holy name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.