Prayers for the Uninsured

Offered at a vigil on the Alabama Capitol steps, April 4, 2023, after a day of appeals to legislators to help our uninsured citizens.

We come to you, loving God, seeking healing for our sicknesses and balm for our wounds.  O Great Physician, examine us thoroughly through the powerful lens of your love, and heal all you see of brokenness or malice.  Hear, too, the cries of our hearts for those whom we know who need healing power in their lives whether in body or soul.  -adapted from A Guide to Prayer for All God’s People, p. 356.

We have gathered here to remember and grieve those who have died too soon even as You have given us the means to keep them well and enable their lives to flourish. For those who knew only the desperation of poverty, lives taken too soon. Lives diminished by neglect and the blight of communities far from healing resources. Those in despair and whose lives are living death.  We call out their names to you, who never forget us.

Bring us alive again.  In peace, let us pray to the Lord,

Lord, have mercy.

We pray for healing for those whose relationships have suffered disruption—broken friendships, shattered homes, divorce, and alienation.  Youth caught in cycles of violence and anger.  As they seek reconciliation may your power to make whole fill them, Lord. We remember those who were shattered by lack of help in their moment of need and call their names together.

Bring us alive again.  In peace, let us pray to the Lord,

Lord, have mercy.

We remember those who need for a healthy mind. Those who lack access to resources for mental health and those who don’t know how to navigates our complex systems. For prisoners languishing in overcrowded prisons and those in prisons of violence and violent speaking. Touch them as we call their names, as Jesus once touched the sick in Galilee, and bring transformation. 

Among us who render care and have the means to help them, help us to offer healing through our systems and institutions as well as acts of caring. For doctors and nurses and social workers and case workers, trustees and administrators, those who clean rooms and those who work in the complexities of the insurance industry. The immensity of our tasks can render us weary, defeated, indifferent, cynical. We no longer can feel the touch of the one reaching to us through the crowd. Today we call the names of people in our systems who carry out the work, that they labor not in vain.

Bring us alive again.  In peace, let us pray to the Lord

                        Lord, have mercy.

For those caught in the chains of some bondage, or addiction, or those trapped in situations and systems that overwhelm their longing for life, we pray for healing, that they might be liberated in body, heart or mind. We repent of our indifference and ask that their faces and lives stay in our view. We call their names

Bring us alive again.  In peace, let us pray to the Lord,

                        Lord, have mercy.

Closing prayer

Eternal God,

We pray for healing for our nation and this state where we live.  Wherever hatred, mistrust and resentment burn, disease spreads and injury follows, whether by our actions or our refusal to act, heal us. 

Heal us from the lies of falsehoods, gossip, condescension and prejudice. Help- us to come alive in our work, in our common life, and in our political systems that they be instruments of Thy peace and not sluggish bureaucracies of inertia and waste.

We have come here together to pray for our Governor, our legislators, and ourselves. Help them with courage to do what should be done rather than what is expedient and popular. Grant them deliverance from a failure of nerve. We plead for the rebirth of caring, the vision of a long possible future, and the end of partisan shallowness. We pray for an awakening of depth of soul to replace it.

Teach us again what responsibility means to freedom, what justice means to love, what neighbor love expresses of our love for You, O Holy God. We are uncertain of how you will answer our prayers, but are convinced that what you will do will be more than enough.  We pray it in the unity of our hearts that rises above the difficulty of our difference and in Your name, O God.


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Gary Furr

Gary is a musician, writer and Christian minister living in Alabama.

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