Day 4:44 pm
Recently, the students at Waterloo Lutheran Seminary
were reminded that there are many in our society who suffer with mental illness when a local university student died by suicide. During the following days, prayers and songs were spoken and sung as the community remembered the student and also to lift up to God prayers for all who suffer – those living with mental illness, parents, friends, and support people.
As a worshipping community and Christian church, how do we respond and remember those living with mental illness? What are the words that we use that give hope in the midst of despair?
The Wednesday evening Open Door service at WLS was carefully crafted to include times of silence, prayers and song, which recognized the pain of those who are hurting, while showing light and hope amid the darkness.
Stay With Us is a song from an Easter Cantata by Ron Klusmeier and Walter Farquharson, based on the Emmaus story found in Luke 24. “Stay with us through the night. Stay with us through the pain. Stay with us, blessed stranger, ’till the morning breaks new bread.” Congregations may use this song for free, as a gift from Ron and Walter. (more…)continue reading