Jan 12, 2012

Prayer For The Grieving

While we have had a wonderful winter so far weather-wise, we have lost a lot of people.  

Grieving is hard to go through.  It's hard to watch people you love go through.  This is probably the reason we try to hide it and pretend everything is fine.  But what I have been wondering lately is, does grieving, once begun, ever really end?  

Oh, sure, you get to the point where you stop crying all the time.  Eventually you can even bring yourself to plan your outfit's so that they coordinate again.  You have days where you are happy, then you remember your grief and feel immediately guilty.  It's not like you're suicidal or anything....... The list goes on of all the ways we convince ourselves that we are "over it".  Our hearts are not fooled.

Here is a prayer with a link and a few verses if you or someone you care about has been grieving.  We are entering the long, dark winter and I offer you the knowledge that you are not alone in your grief.  The sun will shine again, and you will know happiness.  It will mean even more to you now that you have known true grief.  This is what it is to get older.

Comfort the Grieving

Father, I pray for (name one or more) and others in my circle of family and friends who are grieving...

They're hurting for many reasons, and I ask You to help them through this season of loss. I reach out to You, the Father of compassion and the Source of every comfort, asking You to touch them with Your unfailing love and kindness. Be their God who comforts them as they're going through their struggles, and bring them through the tough things ahead. Come alongside them in their pain, and strengthen them so they'll one day be able to help others who face the same struggles. (2 Corinthians 1:3–4; Psalm 33:22; 1 Samuel 20:14a)

You're close to people whose hearts are breaking, those who are discouraged and have given up hope. May You who see their troubles and grief respond when they cry out. (Psalm 34:18; 10:14a, 17)

When they're hurting, help them find their joy in You, for it's Your joy that will be their strength. Help them to trust You as their God of hope. Fill them with Your joy, peace, and hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Help them experience the love, joy, and peace that are the results of His life in them, no matter what they're going through. (Nehemiah 8:10b; Romans 15:13; Galatians 5:22)

May they sense Your presence in this hour of need. In Jesus' name, Amen.