Prayer for family member or friend
of a person with MECFS

This article features prayer for a family member or friend of a person with MECFS (Myalgic Encephelomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome).
Some family and friends won't give help. Others will give amazing help and support.
The prayers include both possibilities.

This is one of a number of articles featuring prayer for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome healing and support. 
This is also the "Saturday" prayer. At least once a year a group of us pray the prayers on a weekly cycle.
If you wish to join us in the facebook prayer group, we would also be delighted for you to join your mind with ours for positive outcomes for the ME/CFS community and for anyone else you wish to include.

You will find links to the prayers for other days of the week at the bottom of this healing article.



On this page I use the term ME/CFS, an abbreviation for Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

Please use the wording for the diagnosis you have been given or prefer.
The desire for more support from family and friends or a different kind of support! is shared by so many of us who live with chronic illness.

Contents

Please scroll down to find the prayer of your choice.

  • 7a. MECFS prayer for a family member or friend who is looking after someone
  • 7b. A prayer for family member or friend of someone with MECFS to say.
    Invite in spiritual support to help you to look after someone

    This prayer can also be said by the person with MECFS. No matter the level of support from family and friends, in addition we are always our own carer.
  • 7c. A prayer for MECFS family member or friend who is not helping or causing injury
  • 7d. A prayer for a MECFS person who is being harmed or is not being helped appropriately by a health professional
  • 7e A prayer for a person with ME/CFS to believe that being seen is possible

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7. SATURDAY. Myalgic Encephalomyelitis /Chronic Fatigue Syndrome prayer for a family member, friend or acquaintance

7a. MECFS prayer for a family member or friend who is looking after someone

Dear God,

We lift to you in prayer the family and friends of a person diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Myalgic Encephalomyelitis or Fibromyalgia.

We thank you for all those who help or find kindness in their hearts.

We offer you any distress they feel about the pain they see this person going through.

We offer you any anxiety they feel about their ability to cope.

prayer for family and friend of a person with ME/CFS

Strengthen a family member or friend to be able to deal with the changes that the illness brings to their own life.

Even when they are looking after someone, we also see them finding ways to look after themselves.

When they act in ways  which don't promote the person's health, we see them being gentle on themselves.
We know there is no perfect way to look after someone.

We see this person drawing on your strength and finding out that your strength never fails.

God, pour out your blessings on a person with a family member or friend with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome /ME.
Nurture them. Support them.

Guide them to see the person and not just the illness.

Allow them to receive the gifts that the person with CFS/ME has to offer.

We ask that a friend or family member of someone with CFS /ME is blessed with
.... the pleasure of loving,
.... the pleasure of being of service,
.... and the pleasure of a life in which they claim the power to make a difference to the life of another.

Thank you.

Amen

7b. Prayer for MECFS family member or friend to say. Someone seeking spiritual support to look after someone
Can also be said by the person with MECFS.

This is an adaptation of the prayer above, to be said if you are a family member or friend who is a carer / caregiver or helper.

If you are the person with ME/CFS you might also find this a powerful prayer to say.
You are also a carer for yourself.

Even if you are living with very severe ME (as I once was) you are still in many ways your own main carer or caregiver.
This prayer for support can be a  wonderful way to become aware of any areas in which you yourself find it hard to help yourself in the ways you know you need.
Accept that you are doing the best you can.
Hand over any distress, weakness, or feelings of 'I can't do this' and ask for help.
It's ok to say 'I can't'.

It's ok to ask for help.


Dear God,

As you know, I am a family member or friend of a person diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Myalgic Encephalomyelitis or Fibromyalgia.

I thank you for those times when I feel eager to help.

I thank you for those times when I find it easy to be kind.

I offer you those times when I wish I could do something else for a change,
and any time when I am short tempered.

I offer you any distress I feel about the pain I see this person going through.

I offer you any anxiety I feel about my ability to cope.

Strengthen me as a family member or friend to be able to deal with the changes that the illness of this person brings to my own life.

Even when I am looking after this person, guide me to also look after myself.

If at times, I act in ways  which don't promote the person's health, help me to be gentle on myself.
Help me to remember there is no perfect way to look after someone.
It is always a process of learning.

I see myself drawing on your strength and finding out that your strength never fails.

God, pour out your blessings on me, a family member or friend of a person with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
Nurture me. Support me.

If there are times when I see the illness more than the person, guide me to see through the symptoms to the person who is still there, still them.

Allow me to receive the gifts that the person with MECFS has to offer.

As a friend or family member of this person with MECFS, I ask to be blessed with
.... the pleasure of loving,
.... the pleasure of being of service,
.... and the pleasure of a life in which I claim the power to make a difference to the life of this person.

Thank you.

Amen

7c Prayer for MECFS family member or friend who is not helping or causing injury

Dear Love itself,

We pray for a family member or friend who creates an environment which is not helpful to the physical health or emotional health of  a person with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ME.

We pray for a family member or friend who causes harm to the person through lack of adaptation to their symptoms.

Perhaps they feel anger or frustration towards the person for having an illness.
Perhaps they miss the person they were.
Perhaps they miss the things they used to receive from that person when they were in full health.
Perhaps they blame the illness for showing up ways in which they are not the person they would like to be.
Help them to release any anger on their own without taking it out on the person with CFS/ME.

If they have treated someone with CFS/ME without kindness, give them the courage to see the mistakes they have made.

Pour down your Love upon them so they receive such a revelation of Love that Love overflows onto this person in their life.

Guide them to ask for and receive your forgiveness.

Guide them to forgive themselves.

Help them to acknowledge the harm they have done to the person with CFS/ME.

If this person doesn't have the capacity to adapt to the illness, we see them finding ways to communicate this clearly and without blame.

Or perhaps we see this person learning how to be neutral and feeling proud of their learning.

Or perhaps we see this person learning how to help and feeling proud of their learning.

We see them finding the strength to be the person they want to be.

Whenever they have the option to do so, we see the person with CFS/ME having the clarity and courage to move away from any relationship that is harmful to them.

Beyond all these words we find your spaciousness and we rest in YOU, HERE and NOW.

We hand this over.

Thank you God.

Amen

7d Prayer for MECFS person being harmed or not helped appropriately by a health professional

Dear Love itself,

We pray for any health professional who has made a decision which creates an environment which is harmful to the physical health or emotional health of a person with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ME.

Guide the health professional to spot their mistake and behave wisely.

If they chose the profession to be helpful, remind them of their motivation, their mission in life.
Any lack of care, lack of information, and following the line to keep face, is NOT acceptable.

We speak safety into the lives of those with ME/CFS who are dependent on health professionals to make wise decisions .
AMEN

7e Prayer affirmation for provision, whether from family friend professional or stranger

When you are healthy and mobile you often have choices about who to allow into your life.
If you are a person with ME/CFS you may be restricted in those choices by being housebound or bedbound.
The advice to sustain health and hope for recovery is to pace yourself .
This means support and help become essential.

The final prayer is an affirmation that regardless of any current lack of support from family and friends, somehow support and help WILL come to pass. We don not need to know how.


I have the opportunity for REST and RECOVERY.
I have the opportunity for REST and RECOVERY.
I have the opportunity for REST and RECOVERY.
For myself and all who read this.

AMEN

7e A prayer for a person with ME/CFS. Overcoming the loneliness of not feeling seen by family or a friend

If I feel I am causing distress by being ill, I hand over my distress.

I see strength in the one who sees me.
I choose to believe I can be seen with the health I have.
I choose to believe there is one, maybe many, who have the strength to see me.

I have the strength to see me.
I choose to see myself with the health I have.
I see myself.

God, I let you see me.
Thanks be.
AMEN


Thank you so much for joining in these prayers for chronic fatigue syndrome causes.

Your time, your voice, your faith - small or big - are so appreciated.

God bless you and lead you into all joy.

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Wishing you health both within and beyond illness,

Katherine

Katherine T Owen

Katherine T Owen runs this website - www.HealingCFSME.com.

She is author of Be Loved, Beloved (Read it in paperback at lulu.com or on kindle)


  • Click here for a page which includes Chronic Fatigue Syndrome prayer for spiritual healing, for successful research, for those involved in CFS/ME support groups or advocacy, and for financial provision.
  • Click here to go through to a prayer to ease loneliness when living with severe chronic illness.
  • Learn about my own journey with CFS/ME.

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