An Advocate's Prayer

            O God of Light and Knowledge, -- we pray that darkness, fear and ignorance about serious mental illnesses might be dispelled by the light of knowledge.

            We pray for Peace and Wholeness – for those with troubled minds and hearts, that broken lives and relationships might be mended.

            We ask for Understanding -- that the walls of stigma, labels, exclusion and marginalization might be broken down through education and advocacy

            We pray for Healing -- for men, women and children living with mental illness, for better treatment, for steadier recovery, for greater opportunity to work and serve. 

            We ask for Faith and Hope – for those who feel no one cares.  Dispel their despair through a cup of cold water, an outstretched arm, a listening ear, a committed advocate.           

            We offer our Thanks - for new discoveries in medical research, for faithful caregivers, for dedicated mental health professionals and persistent researchers.

            Most of all, O God of Steadfast Love, we thank you for your Love -- that sustains the weary, that defends the weak, that sets the lonely in families, that brings beauty out of ashes, that brings a song in the nightthat inspires courage to hope, to watch, to work for a new and brighter Day.