Prayers for Time to Remember

Do not be afraid for I shall be with you.
Lighten our path, Lord, and show us the way.

The road ahead can seem very long and very dark after the death of a loved one and often there seems little point in going on. Sometimes the pain and loss can be quite overwhelming, but God says:

Do not be afraid for I shall be with you.
Lighten our path, Lord, and show us the way.

We hold out to God all those who are here tonight, all those who are newly bereaved, and all those who have journeyed on a while since their bereavement.  May those who have passed this way reach out and reassure those who cannot believe the pain and sadness will ever pass.

Do not be afraid for I shall be with you.
Lighten our path, Lord, and show us the way.

We hold out to God all those here tonight who have seen division in their family since someone has died.  May God’s way of love heal the hurt and bring the family closer together again.

Do not be afraid for I shall be with you.
Lighten our path, Lord, and show us the way.

We hold out to God all those here tonight who are remembering their parents.  We thank God for the life they gave us.

Do not be afraid for I shall be with you.
Lighten our path, Lord, and show us the way.

We hold out to God all those here tonight who are remembering children who have died.  We expect our children to be our future and when they die so many of our hopes and expectations go with them.

Do not be afraid for I shall be with you.
Lighten our path, Lord, and show us the way.

We hold out to God all those here tonight who have had their partners die. Those who feel lonely and unsettled, those who long for another human’s touch, a hug, a kiss.

Do not be afraid for I shall be with you.
Lighten our path, Lord, and show us the way.

May all of us here tonight be aware of our neighbours and friends who grieve.  May we welcome them into our homes and dare to walk the road with them for a while. May they in time find a new and healed way forward with God at their side.

Do not be afraid for I shall be with you.
Lighten our path, Lord, and show us the way.

Be present, O merciful God, and protect us through the silent hours of this night, so that we who are wearied by the changes and chances of this fleeting world
may rest upon your eternal changelessness. Through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

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