As we marked World Mental Health Day yesterday, and we begin Prison’s Week, I offer you two prayers to reflect on at the start of this week. Blessings for today, Sue

A prayer for Mental Health
Dear Lord and Father of those who have never crossed the lines,
who are held in by fears, and who are bound by walls they cannot see.
Dear Lord and Mother of those who are living on the very edge, those who find themselves drifting without boundaries.
Dear Lord who is brother to all of us that need and long for peace of mind, peace of heart and the certainty that we are loved no matter what.
Dear Lord who is sister to all who walk with the emptiness that comes with insecurity and low self esteem,
Send your Holy Spirit, and make us whole.
For we pray to you almighty God who is as fragile as we are
and who made us in your own image; who understands and sees into our hearts even when we turn away.
Unfurl us like the petals of a rose and unhide that which we have hidden. Heal our minds, heal our souls, and carry us into the Kingdom made new in your love.
(Written by Rev Michaela Youngson www.methodist.org)

The Prisons Week Prayer
Lord, you offer freedom to all people. We pray for those in prison. Break the bonds of fear and isolation that exist. Support with your love prisoners and their families and friends, prison staff and all who care. Heal those who have been wounded by the actions of others, especially the victims of crime. Help us to forgive one another, to act justly, love mercy and walk humbly together with Christ in his strength and in his Spirit, now and every day.