A prayer, for those who grieve

God, Giver of Life
Lover of our souls, Savior
Open up for us in this hour (but not just for this hour), we pray,
 A window on eternity
A glimpse of glory.
Help us to celebrate the moments past
 And await in joyful hope 
the day of promise, 
when there will be no more death,
  nor sorrow, nor crying, nor pain,
 because the former things are passed away.
Grant us grace, dear Lord, to release into your strong hand this one,
        beloved by you and by us,
  to be in your care in the promise of life forevermore. 
For those who feel most keenly the pain of separation,
  we seek the comfort of your Presence, 
  for in You all live,
  and in Your presence every moment partakes of eternity,
  and touches every other moment.
  In You, as we draw near,
  all that we love draws near to  us.
Sanctify the memories
  and may they sweeten the hearts of those who hold them.
  And may every prayer,
  even every tear,
 be transformed by your miraculous Presence
  into a gift of joy,
  every memory
   a blessing of gratitude.
In Christ, the victor over death, we pray.

About therevr

A human being, striving to become more so.

Posted on May 12, 2007, in Poetry, Spiritual, Theological. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Hi Bob,

    I’m hosting the Ringing of the Bards poetry blog carnival, June 16 (again). If you’d like to be included, leave a comment here or email me at tielansari @ gmail dot com any time through June 15.

    Any style is welcome, but I’m particularly showcasing formal poetry this time around.

    Don’t forget to come back and see the carnival!

  2. I’d be honored. I’m very busy these days for some reason, but will try to get an entry to you by e-mail before the fifteenth. Otherwise, however, please feel free to poke around this blog to see if there’s something appropriate.

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