• Would like someone to talk to or pray with
• Are feeling afraid or discouraged about your health
• Want to celebrate good news
• Need help contacting your clergy
• Want to receive the Sacraments
• Have heard bad news or face a diffi cult decision
• Are asking God, “Why?”
• Want help to tell your story
• Would like a bible or other spiritual reading material
• Would like support for a friend or family member
• Are grieving a loss
Faith is the bird that feels the light when the dawn is still dark.
- Rabindranath Tagore -
Rev. Abby Pettee, Chaplain
Please ask your nurse to contact the chaplain.
207-301-8546 or through the hospital switchboard.
giving life to all life,
moving all creatures,
root of all things,
washing them clean,
wiping out their mistakes,
healing their wounds,
you are our true life,
from its ancient sleep.
God has no body now on earth but yours
no hands but yours
no feet but yours.
Yours are the eyes through which he pours out,
compassion in the world.
His are the hands, blessing me now.
All praise to the one.
- St. Teresa of Avila -
And I saw the river over which every
soul must pass to reach the kingdom of heaven
and the name of that river was suff ering:
and I saw the boat which carries souls
across the river and the name
of that boat was love.
- Saint John of the Cross -
Strengthen me according to your Word,
Lead me gently into the light, holy God.
For I have chosen the way of faithfulness;
With trust in You, I can face my own darkness.
I will not run from the fears that beset me, so that
Each one may be transformed in your love.
- Psalm 119: A translation by Nan C. Merrill -
O Mary, you are the Mother of hope and the protector of your people. I put all my trust in you.
Keep me safe in the Heart of your Divine Son forever. Help me to rest in the shelter of your love. Amen.
- Catholic -
God grant me the serenity
To accept the things I cannot change;
Courage to change the things I can;
And Wisdom to know the diff erence.
Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
Taking, as He did, this sinful world As it is, not as I
would have it; Trusting that He will make things
all right If I surrender to His will; So that I may be
reasonably happy in this life And supremely
happy with Him Forever and ever in the next.
- Reinhold Niebuhr -
For a Nurse
May you embrace the beauty in what you do
And how you stand like a secret angel
Between the bleak despair of illness
And the unquenchable light of spirit.
May you never doubt the gifts you bring;
Rather, learn from these frontiers
Wisdom for your own heart.
- John O’Donohue -
Hold on to what is good,
Even if it’s a handful of earth.
Hold on to what you believe,
Even if it’s a tree that stands by itself.
Hold on to what you must do,
Even if it’s a long way from here.
Hold on to your life,
Even if it’s easier to let go.
Hold on to my hand,
Even if someday I’ll be gone away from you.
- A Pueblo Indian Prayer -
Yivarechicha - The Priestly Blessing
May G-d bless you and keep watch over you
May the light of G-d’s presence shine upon you and be gracious to you
May G-d’s presence be with you and grant you peace
Spirit of Life
Spirit of Life, come unto me.
Sing in my heart all the stirrings of compassion.
Blow in the wind, rise in the sea;
Move in the hand, giving life the shape of justice.
Roots hold me close; wings set me free;
Spirit of Life, come to me, come to me.
- Unitarian Universalist -
May I be fi lled with loving kindness.
May I be safe from inner and outer dangers.
May I be whole in body and mind.
May I be at ease and at peace.
- Buddhist Blessing -