A helpful bereavement prayer

Prayer

I came across this helpful prayer and pray it may help those of us missing loved ones at the moment:

Lord Jesus Christ, you have conquered death, and for those whose trust is in you its sting has been removed forever. Thank you that it is no longer to be dreaded or feared, but that it has become a gateway into the Father's presence. Thank you that death is not a full stop, but only a comma. We thank you for every special memory of our loved one and for all the love that we shared during those years we enjoyed together.

We thank you that now all his/her trials and weaknesses of this earthly life are ended. May we have grace to say, 'The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.'

Thank you for the comfort and support of family and friends. As we face the future, may we also know the consolation of your presence and the assurance that for all who love the Saviour the promise is that one day we too will stand in your presence and be reunited with those who have gone before us in that same love of Christ. So may your comfort strengthen and keep us. We pray in the name of Jesus, who died for us and rose again. Amen.

(Used with permission from Christian Focus Publications Ltd)