01.28.23 EChurch@Wartburg: Dr Warren Kinghorn: Mental Illness, the Church, and the Christian Story

A Prayer of Augustine, 354 – 430  link

Look upon us, O Lord,
and let all the darkness of our souls
vanish before the beams of thy brightness.
Fill us with holy love,
and open to us the treasures of thy wisdom.
All our desire is known unto thee,
therefore perfect what thou hast begun,
and what thy Spirit has awakened us to ask in prayer.
We seek thy face,
turn thy face unto us and show us thy glory.
Then shall our longing be satisfied.

A Prayer of Ambrose (c 339-97) link

O Lord, who hast mercy upon all, take away from me my sins,
and mercifully kindle in me the fire of thy Holy Spirit.
Take away from me the heart of stone,
and give me a heart of flesh,
a heart to love and adore thee,
a heart to delight in thee,
to follow and to enjoy thee,
for Christ’s sake.
In Jesus name ,

A prayer for the poor and neglected: Book of Common Prayer 

Almighty and most merciful God,
we remember before you all poor and neglected persons
whom it would be easy for us to forget:
the homeless and the destitute, the old and the sick,
and all who have none to care for them.
Help us to heal those who are broken in body or spirit,
and to turn their sorrow into joy.
Grant this, Father, for the love of your Son,
who for our sake became poor,
Jesus Christ, our Lord.

Benediction: Phillippians 4:6-7 NASB (Bible Gateway)

Be anxious for nothing,
but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving
, let your requests be made known to God.
And the peace of God,
which surpasses all comprehension,
will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.


01.28.23 EChurch@Wartburg: Dr Warren Kinghorn: Mental Illness, the Church, and the Christian Story — 8 Comments

  1. From a Christian perspective, mental illness can be a difficult journey, but it is not one that a person has to face alone. God is always present and offers comfort, hope, and healing to those who seek Him. When we struggle with mental health, we can turn to prayer, reading the Bible, and surrounding ourselves with a supportive community of believers. They can lift us up in prayer and encourage us on our path to recovery. Just like in James 5:13-16, where it says “Is anyone among you suffering? Let them pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let them sing songs of praise.” This passage reminds us that no matter what we’re going through, we can always find comfort and strength in God and in each other. So, hold onto hope and trust that God is with you every step of the way, and that you are never alone.


  2. dee,

    I actually wrote a PHD paper on it! If your interested ill send it over via email! Just let me know!