(an acrostic prayer in memory of my friend)
Loving and faithful heavenly Father, I beseech You to wrap your arms around this family and hold them in the palm of Your hand. Thank you for the privilege of knowing, my friend, Lewis Johnson.
Effuse us with the comfort of Your Holy Spirit and Your intimate presence as we gather to remember and to celebrate the life of this good man.
Wash us in Your love and mercy as we feel the loss and sadness of knowing Lewis is no longer physically among us, dear Lord.
Instill in us the knowledge that he is with You at this very moment, praising You and singing “Glory to God in the Highest,” we long to join him there, Father.
Send us Your people in this hour, Lord, that we may sense Your presence in their presence as we mourn and cry, but at the same time we would sense Your love in Your people.
Join us in this hour, dear Father, as we celebrate the life of our husband, father, grandfather and friend. We need to remember and to know You are with us always!
Open the windows of heaven, O God, and shower us with Your grace as we struggle to live these days and the days to come in Your will.
Hear the cries of Your children, Father, as we mourn. We need to know that You hear and You grieve the loss of this child of Yours even as Jesus cried for Lazarus.
Never alone, are the least of His children, as the songwriter has said, we long to know Your presence now and forevermore.
Send us from this celebration of remembrance to a world that needs to know that You love it and will provide the needed comfort, strength, and love.
Over and above our grief and sadness at the loss of Lewis, we know that You have us all in Your hands and will bring about Your purpose for each of us in Your will, Father.
Nearer, still nearer we long to be to You, O God. We love you and want to share that love in this world where You have placed us. We thank You and praise You for this good man, Lewis Johnson! Thanks You for allowing us to be in his path in this life!
We pray in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord! Amen
The Path Continues….