A Prayer at the Death of a Christian

Almighty and merciful God and Father, in whom we live and move and have our being, our souls are restless until we rest in you.  You have made us for yourself and we are yours.  We are the sheep of your pasture, the flock under your care.

Father, all the days ordained for him/her were written in your book before one of them came to be.  You give life and breath to everything, and contrary to your will not even a sparrow can fall to the ground. We thank you for his/her faithful and fruitful life.  Help us likewise to persevere faith and to live and walk close to you day by day.

Give us all, especially his/her loved ones, the grace to entrust this your child into your never-failing love and safekeeping, believing the promise of the forgiveness of sins and the hope of the resurrection of the dead in Jesus Christ your Son. Grant us your Holy Spirit, so that in the middle of our grief we may be filled with the comfort and strength that we need in this hour of loss. Help us this day and in the days ahead to look beyond the grave, and to realize that the body that we have sown into the ground will one day be raised imperishable.

As we carry out the heavy task of this day, we lift up our souls to you, Almighty God. We fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and now sits at your right hand! With a sure and certain hope of the resurrection we long for the day when what is written will come true, when death has been swallowed up in victory. Thanks be to you, O God.  You give us the victory over Satan, sin and death through our Lord Jesus Christ!

Father, as we now continue our pilgrimage, we ask that you would bring us at length to your holy mountain, in the name of your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, who with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, lives and reigns forever.

Amen.

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Published in: on October 22, 2011 at 6:25 pm  Comments (1)  
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  1. Thanks for that comforting prayer.
    Deb


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