(an acrostic prayer/lament)
Why? I ask why, O God! Why would my friend die and I remain? I know he loved You and had a tremendous faith in You. I know he is with You now, but I miss him, Father!
Accept our sincere thanks for allowing us to have known this good man, O Lord! We are more like you for having known him.
Yielded to You, he was in all that he did. He loved working for You in Your church and in his community!
Nearness to You, Lord, we seek to be near to You as You provide comfort and care to these family members and to us, too.
Envelope his family today, Father, and wrap them in the folds of Your garment to protect and provide the comfort they so desperately seek!
Weary we become, dear Lord, when friends of long years die and are no longer physically here with us.
Hear our prayer, O Lord, we want to hear from You as we grieve and remember our loved one.
Instill in us a sense of Your presence as we honor this good man, O God. We long to know You are here with us.
Take the sorrow and grief of this day and help us give it to You as a sacrifice of our deep sense of loss, Father.
Attend to our great need for comfort, O God. We want so much to love You more and thank You for this good man.
Keep us in your mighty power that we may indeed share You with this world as we show our faith in You as we live and breathe and have our being.
Empty us of our fear that death brings to us and fill us with the assurance of Your presence to save and to heal.
Remember not our sin and selfishness as we come into Your presence to worship You and to celebrate the good life of this good man, our friend, Wayne Whitaker! Thank You, Lord!
We pray in the name of the only comfort in these times, even Jesus Christ, our Savior! Amen
The Path Continues…