(an acrostic prayer in memory)
Victorious Savior, loving Father, and dearest Lord, we beseech you to visit us today with Your loving kindness and grace as we endure this season of grief after the death of our dear Victoria Obasun.
Instill in us the assurance of Your presence, dear God, as we come to celebrate her life among us as wife, mother, grandmother and friend.
Collect our tears and keep them in Your Spirit’s remembrance, dear Lord, as we let them fall in Your presence today.
Tether us to Your side today as we tend to stray away from You in these times of sorrow and despair, Father.
Order our thoughts and words as we speak to You and at times come to speak for You, dear Lord.
Refine us in the fire of experience today, Lord, and make us new in Your sight through the blood of Your Son, Jesus Christ our Savior!
Inspire this family in this time of sorrow to come to understand, even more, the unceasing love You have for them and for all of us who call on Your name today, Father.
Attune our ears to Your word, Lord, as we sing, as we pray, and as we hear Your Word proclaimed as we celebrate this good life lived among us.
Open our hearts to the message of hope in You and the message of kindness that You bring us in these moments of worship, Father.
Before the world in order stood, You were, Father. Help us to number our days as we see how fragile our human lives are in comparison to eternity.
Align us to Your vision for us, Father, as we gather today. May we see where you would have us go and what you would have us do in light of remembering the life of Victoria and her love for You.
Send forth Your light into our darkened world, dear Lord. May we reflect Your light as we live our lives as we remember Victoria today.
Under the shadow of Your wings find us, today, Father. We long to be closer to You for having known Victoria and learning from her Your closeness in this life.
Nearer, still nearer, close to Your heart, Father. Draw us who wait before You in this time of remembrance and celebration, of a life well lived, to Yourself. Thank you for the life of Victoria and the influence that it was and still is to us today.
In the name of Jesus Christ, we pray! Amen!
The Path Continues…
(an acrostic prayer in memory of my friend)
Today, O God of comfort, I beseech Thee to bring Your presence to show Your comfort, mercy, and love to the family of my friend, Todd Stemple.
Open the windows of heaven and pour out Your grace on Freddie, Brian, and Keith, as they grieve the death of husband and father and friend, dear Father.
Deliver them from this time of brokenness into the peace that passes all understanding by the hearing of Your word to Todd, “Well done, thy good and faithful servant. Enter now into the joy of thy salvation.”
Descend upon us all who grieve this death, Father, that we may know Your presence through the power of Your Spirit and in the assurance of Jesus Christ, Your Son.
Save us, O God, from the deepening sorrow of this world, by the power of Your very presence to heal and to know as we are known.
Tend to us today, O Savior, in a time like this that brings about doubt and darkness into our lives, send Your light, dear Father.
Encourage us by the presence of those of Your children that You bring into our path daily, especially in this day of sorrow and discomfort to this family, dear Lord!
Move us, O Lord, from sorrow into Your joy as we know that Todd is now enjoying Your very presence and responding with, “All praise to You, O God!”
Push us, Lord, to be more like You for having known Your child, Todd Stemple. I know he would want that to be our prayer today even though he would never call attention to himself in that way, Father.
Lead us today, Father, that we may become an instrument of Your peace and a channel of Your love as seen in Todd’s life as he lived among us.
Enter into our path to uplift our friends today, Father! We pray that we would do as You as we live today. May the memory of our friend help us to give You the glory and honor that only You deserve. Thank You for Todd Stemple, my friend!
In the name of Jesus Christ, I pray! Amen!
The Path Continues...
(an acrostic prayer in memory of my friend)
Father God, our heavenly Father, we come in prayer as we grieve the passing of our friend and Your child, Frank Mayo. We are undone at this death, Lord.
Remember us today as we remember Frank. Visit us with Your Holy Spirit’s presence and comfort as we wait on You in worship.
Attune our hearts and minds to You in this hour that we may hear Your voice in Your word as we hear it today.
Negate the doubt that seeks to come into our minds as we use words like, “what if, if only, and I wish,” O Father.
Keep us from the evil one today as even now he would come and cause our hearts to hurt with lies and doubts, Father.
Move us from our sadness into Your joy as we remember Frank’s influence in our lives and the good he brought to our world, Lord!
Allow your children here to grieve in Your presence today that we may see Your face as You look on us in Your word and in the faces that You have brought into place today.
You, O Lord, are the God of peace, comfort and assurance of Your presence with us in this time and in the days ahead according to Your promises.
Open the windows of heaven, O Lord, and rain down Your grace upon this dear family and all of us who call upon You today. We worship You in spirit and in truth, Father.
In the name of Jesus Christ, we pray and believe. Amen!
The Path Continues….