Litany For Sickness

From Mount Hor they set out by the way to the Red Sea, to go around the land of Edom; but the people became impatient on the way. The people spoke against God and against Moses, “Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? For there is no food and no water, and we detest this miserable food.” Then the Lord sent poisonous serpents among the people, and they bit the people, so that many Israelites died. The people came to Moses and said, “We have sinned by speaking against the Lord and against you; pray to the Lord to take away the serpents from us.” So Moses prayed for the people. And the Lord said to Moses, “Make a poisonous serpent, and set it on a pole; and everyone who is bitten shall look at it and live.” So Moses made a serpent of bronze, and put it upon a pole; and whenever a serpent bit someone, that person would look at the serpent of bronze and live. (Numbers 21:4-9)

God we are sick in so many ways –
Some from trauma,
Some from our own sinful ways,
Some from hardship,
Not a one of us unaffected
By humanity’s broken choices.

As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness 
So was Christ lifted up;
That, by seeing him and becoming awake to his work
We might be healed.
For in him there is no condemnation
But healing for the nations.

By grace we have been rescued
It is the gift of God—
From sickness and death
To wholeness and life—
You have raised us up with Christ
And seated us with him in the Heavenly places.

We thank you, God, for your steadfast love
For your wonderful works to humankind:
You sent out your word to heal us
And delivered us from destruction.
We were asleep through our sickness.
You are making us awake with Christ.


(Fran Pratt)


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