(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...