A Prayer for Hope

by John Kennedy, MD, Chaplain Associate

Holy God, when evil darkens our world, give us light.

When despair numbs our souls, give us hope. 

When we stumble and fall, lift us up. 

When doubts assail us, give us faith. 

When nothing seems sure, give us trust. 

When ideals fade, give us vision. 

When we lose our way, be our guide! 

That we may find serenity in Your presence, 

and purpose in doing Your will.  


Dr. Kennedy is a Professor of Medicine in the UAB Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care Medicine.  He is the Director of Wellness at UAB MEDICINE. Dr. Kennedy was the first physician at UAB to complete a Clinical Pastoral Education internship in 2019. He volunteers with UAB Pastoral Care as a Chaplain Associate.