Monday, November 30, 2009

For Mark

From my sweet friend's Facebook page: She is so brave, and I can feel her pain through her words.

Ronda Unruh Bertus "Mark has stopped treatments for his cancer. It's just not working. He is now on Hospice, but staying home and having the hospice nurses come here. We are trying to keep his pain controlled and make him comfortable. He told me last night he wanted to start saying his goodbyes to the kids. I really hate cancer. It is killing me."

O merciful Father, who hast taught us in thy holy Word that thou dost not willingly afflict or grieve the children of men: Look with pity upon the sorrows of thy servant for whom our prayers are offered. Remember her and her family, O Lord, in mercy, nourish her soul with patience, comfort her with a sense of thy goodness, lift up thy countenance upon her and her family, and give them peace; through Jesus Chr ist our Lord. Amen. BCP, p. 831.

Mark J. Bertus

Almighty God, look on this your servant, lying in great
weakness, and comfort him with the promise of life
everlasting, given in the resurrection of your Son Jesus
Christ our Lord. Amen. BCP, p. 462.