Chaplain Prayers: Victims of Sexual Violence

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Wounded Lord,

We know that you are close to the broken hearted.

We believe that you cry out in pain with those who are victims of sexual violence.

We pray for courage and healing

For those whose boundary lines have been crossed.

We pray that their image of you has not been tainted

By those who have taken selfish advantage.

God ,we pray that you would

Restore us to holiness

And imbue us with the joy of the sexual relationship

That you intended for us. 

And my we see our bodies,

And those of others,

As holy temples of your Spirit.

Amen

 

Written by Rev. Trent Elders

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I come to my computer today and see this post.
I appreciate it. 
I am drawn to the title:
Chaplain Prayers: Victims of Sexual Violence

I don't hear too many formal or public prayers for survivors (though I have heard many and prayed many in private.)
But today I do not want euphemisms and polite words
I want to hear someone pray with real words. 
I have taken the liberty of adding to your prayer. 
I have added some of the words i want someone to pray for me and others today.
Yet, I still thank-you Rev. Trent Elders for your caring prayer for us.

Wounded Lord,

We know that you are close to the broken hearted.

We believe that you cry out in pain with those who are victims of sexual violence.

We pray for courage and healing (and for the grace to get through the next minute and the next minute and the next minute)

For those whose boundary lines have been crossed. (For those who have been raped, molested, fondled, videoed while being abused, ritually abused ....)

We pray that their image of you has not been tainted (we know their image of You has been tainted and we ask that You would gently restore it - in the way that only You can, that You would remove the deception and lies that prevent them from seeing Your great compassion for them.)

By those (parent, grandparents, siblings, relatives, teachers, church leaders, doctors, family friends . . .) who have taken selfish advantage. (who have terribly wounded them and caused such great pain and brokenness)

God , we pray that you would

Restore us to holiness

And imbue us with the joy of the sexual relationship (or at least for now the hope  of the possibility  for a healthy sexual relationship)

That you intended for us. 

And may we see our bodies, (which many of us hate, despise, cannot bear to look at or have touched)
 And those of others,

As holy temples of your Spirit.

Amen

 

 

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@MJill H, Thank you for your beautiful addition to this prayer. This is our hope that this prayer and our other prayers will be enhanced by others. I'm wondering if you'd allow us to share your revised prayer in our ministry's Newsletter that come out this August to share how we as Christ's church work together to further the God's Kingdom and the Gospel message.

Yes you may use it.
Please just use 'Jill' as the contributor and not M.Jill Hamming

 

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We will do that. Thank you.