Losing Battle Prayers

I wrote this poem several years ago while working for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. It is about the last week of Josie Gray’s battle with Cystic Fibrosis. I don’t remember how young she was but I believe she was 14.


Such a short life for so much pain

Each day, each breath, having to strain


Lungs no good, so new ones given

Thank goodness, her spirit is driven


Two years of fighting and doing okay

This past week has been so gray


Body rejecting and each breath a fight

Her suffering body in her family’s sight


Requesting prayers of recovery and hope

Can you imagine having to cope?


Weekend full of anguish and goodbyes

Prayers abundant, hoping for a reply



Somber day, full of fear

Will she pass today? As my eyes fill with tears


Requesting prayers of relief today

“Please end her suffering”, I begin to pray


“She’s suffered too long, please carry her home

A place where pain won’t be allowed to roam


A place to play, being young and free

A place where she can be full of glee


Be with her family, to keep them strong

“Help them understand she is now where she belongs”


Her life though short, offers many morals

Makes you regret those trifle quarrels


Love those that bring you happiness each and every day

And never forget the story about little Josie Gray.


Her parents still have the blog up that was dedicated to Josie and her losing fight with Cystic Fibrosis.



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