After Bob's stem cell transplant, I asked the chaplain for a copy of her prayer. We received it today so I thought I'd share it with you.
THIS IS THE DAY1 THIS IS THE DAY THAT THE LORD HAS MADE. LET US REJOICE AND BE GLAD IN IT.
Most Merciful God, Creator and Sustainer of LIfe,
We come before you today, humbled by your great gift of life. In your infinite love, you planted within us these tiny cells that have the power to heal and renew. For giving scientists, physicians, and nurses the knowledge to use these cells for our well-being, we give you thanks. For having brought us to this special day, we give you thanks.
Today, we ask a special blessing on Bob as he receives these life-giving cells. Let him trust not only in their power to heal, but in Your invitation to new life and new birth. Grant Bob patience and hope as he waits for the restoration of body, mind, and spirit.
And now, send your spirit upon these cells, blessing them with your love and healing power.
In Your Holy Name, we pray. AMEN
Bob's new birthday, February 2, 2011