Prayer Wall: A courageous woman taken far too soon

We offer our prayers to Jayne Schaffstein Veld (June 6, 1969 – September 1, 2008), and the two young sons and husband she leaves behind in San Francisco. May her soul be sanctified, and joined by the voices of angels and archangels.

We, in turn, pass on Jayne’s spirit to you. This daily prayer sustained her through a six-year battle with breast cancer, a feat which defied the prognosis of medical experts.

Keep us, O God, from all pettiness.

Let us be large in thought, in word, in deed.

Let us be done with fault-finding and leave off

all self-seeking.

May we put away all pretenses and meet each other face-to-face,

without self-pity and without prejudice.



May we never be hasty in judgment, always generous.

Let us take time for all things, and make us

grow calm, serene, and gentle.


Teach us to put into action our better impulses,

to be straight forward and unafraid.


Grant that we may realize that it is the little things

of life that create differences, that in the big things

of life we are as one.


And, Lord God, let us not forget to be kind.


Love, Jayne







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2 Responses to “Prayer Wall: A courageous woman taken far too soon”

  1. that is a beautiful poem…it is so easy to let life’s little troubles and other people’s foibles get us down…it’s harder to look at the whole picture and realize that each day that we have is a blessing. i guess we often don’t realize this until we are sick. to be kind to each other is the best lesson of all.

  2. You write very well.