(an acrostic prayer in memory of a friend)
Justifiably sad we are, O Loving Father, we feel extreme loss at the death of our friend, Jane Voegler.
Attend to her family as we bring them to You in prayer for Your comfort and peace to wash over them just now, dear Father.
Nearer to You, Father, we feel the real need to be assured of Your presence now. We miss our friend in a multitude of ways right now and we know only You can come into that to fill it full.
Enter into our earthly time and space, dear God. We cannot go on in this time with this grief without Your presence.
Visibly shaken by the loss of so many of our dear friends and family members recently, we are undone. We know You are our only hope of strength and peace, dear Lord.
Open the floor of heaven and flood Your grace over us and open our eyes and hearts to Your love and mercy, O God!
Envelope this family and friends in Your powerful hands and wrap them in Your sheltering arms, loving Father.
Give us, Your children, a measure of Your understanding that we may see something of Your plan and will for our lives, on this side of this death, O God!
Lead us Lord, for we are lost in our pursuit of meaning that comes in the experience of death.
Erode the hard edges of our hearts today, dear Lord. We confess we are in a place where we would ask questions like, “why?” or “why now?” Deal with us in Your gentleness and kindness Father. We know You love us and we love You, even in this valley of death.
Receive our dear friend in the fullness of Your grace and mercy as we thank you for giving her to us for these years and we thank You for the influences of her life that will last throughout our lives here on this earth, dear God!
It is in Your name, dear Jesus, that we pray and believe. Amen!
The Path Continues…