Sympathy prayer with the bereaved

The WORD in Other Words by Fr Roderick Salazar SVD (Philippines)

Memorial of Saint Martha

O Lord, my God, thank you for this new morning. As I confidently pray for your   continued Presence in me today, I think of others who may not have not slept at all.   

For there has been death in the family. They have stayed up the whole night in grief,  in tears, body aching for rest, heart heavy with sorrow, but mind striving to be alert   for those who have come to condole. They are ready for the burial today, gathering   strength for what they must go through, but hoping they will still be themselves when   they face tomorrow. 

The relatives, friends, and guests will be gone. Emptiness and   quiet will envelop the house. They would have to bear the silence that they did not have when the loved one was alive. 

But You, O Lord, are the Resurrection and the  Life. I pray to You for them. For those who have lost a loved one, whose faith has  been shaken by the suddenness of a loved one‘s departure, I pray that they respond  to Your grace and say, Martha—like: “Yes, Lord, I have come to believe that You are the Messiah, the Son of God, the one who is coming into the world.” 

You have   come. You are here. Be the Light, the Morning, the Life of us all. In the continuation   of today‘s Gospel, You would be shown to have cried at the death of Your friend, Lazarus, brother of Martha and Mary, and You would call him back to life. 

May You   continue to be our strength and resurrection. In the depths of our pain and sorrow, fear and death, may we hear You speak our name, calling us to sunshine and springtime, hope and laughter, and ever new life.

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