Litany of prayer for the heroin epidemic

Recently on Mondays, when I publish my own work, I have been sharing a lot of poetry and not much liturgy. This is written for a community service with a panel of people sharing information about the heroin epidemic followed by a demonstration of the use of narcan (naxolene). Another resource from my blog that you might use on this kind of occasion is this Gloss on Isaiah 53 for heroin addiction here

For those who are in the midst of addiction this very night, that they may seek recovery and a return to health, we pray to God.

God, hear our prayer.

For those who are working on being clean – stay by them in the hard times, in sickness and in health, in hope and in despair – and for those who lose their recovery, guide them back, one day at a time, we pray to God.

God, hear our prayer.

For families who mourn their precious children or parents, aunts or uncles, brothers or sisters, nieces or nephews who have overdosed, and for all who have lost dear friends, we pray to God.

God, hear our prayer.

For families and friends of those who are in the midst of addiction or on the path of recovery, that they may have the serenity to accept the things they cannot change, the courage to change the things they can, and the wisdom to know the difference, we pray to God.

God, hear our prayer.

For NAS* babies born, for those who care for them, for frightened struggling parents who fear to lose them, for those who give foster care, and for those who must decide for these babies’ welfare, we pray to God.

God, hear our prayer.

For first responders – police, EMTs, those who are in clinics and hospital emergency rooms and others — who save the lives of those on the brink of death, and for those who have been unable to save someone, we pray to God.

God, hear our prayer.

For treatment programs of every kind, from medical rehabilitation to the simple twelve steps, offering hope and responsibility, and for those who need healing but instead experience incarceration, we pray to God.

God, hear our prayer.

For educators in many settings – family, school and those who are with us tonight, we pray to God.

God, hear our prayer. Amen

* Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome

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