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A prayer for comfort

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  Oh, Lord, our Comfort and our Hope-- I'm grieving a loss. I don't have anywhere to turn but you. I don't know what to say or how to feel. I can't navigate the breadth of my emotions and fears. Only your words and your truth can help me rest in the peace that you alone are my Rock and my Fortress. You are my Stronghold ( Psalm 18:2 ).  I don't need to be afraid. But I am. So help me steer through the fear and the pain to the hope that waits on the other side of grief. When I'm ready-- and every time I'm not ready-- you are present to comfort and re-orient me. Your words are truth, and I will eat them ( Jeremiah 15:16 ). Thank you. In Jesus' name, Amen. "Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort,  who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.  For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of

What to pray after someone dies

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Lord Jesus, You personally know the pain of death. You know how afraid and sorrowful it makes us. You know that grief cuts deeply into the human soul, that it feels like there will never be an end to the heartbreak. Someone wonderful has died. You know that, too. The death of your children is beautiful to you, but it is so difficult for us. I am feeling grief for some good people who have lost a loved one. They are overwhelmed, shocked, traumatized, bereft. They feel an ache they never could have imagined. Only you can fill that gaping hole left by their loved one. Only you can pour hope and peace, ever so gradually, into their life. Only you can give them courage to live again-- to seek healing, to start over. When they're ready. I ask for your peace to fall on them right now. Erase the terror about the future. Block an regret about the past. Stop the panic about the present. I beg you, Holy Spirit, to speak words of love and comfort into the dark fearf