Sunday, December 30, 2018

A Prayer for Those Who Grieve

Heavenly Father,

We approach You on bended knees, our hearts heavy for those who celebrated this Christmas with grieving hearts. Whether it was one less stocking on the mantle or one less chair at the dining room table, the reminder of a lost loved one was painful, sometimes even cruel.

We pray You comfort those who mourn. Hide them in the cleft of Your rock when their heartache becomes too great. Let Your Presence tangibly and undeniably, “wipe the tears from their faces” (Isaiah 25:8).

We pray You give them courage to face one more moment, one more hour and one more day in the coming new year. Please give them, “a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair” (Isaiah 61:3).

In Christ’s Holy Name we pray,

(Submitted by Sherry Schumann)

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