Dear Father,

Help me, please! I’m hurting so bad I don’t know how to express my grief, but I realize that you are truly the Father of all comfort and you know my heart and my feeling of helplessness. I have known for some time that this day would come, and I thought I was prepared for it, but how wrong I was! I feel as if my light has gone out, as if I’m filled with a dark blank space, and I plead for your help.

I know I should be more concerned with the sadness of the rest of the family, my grieving children and their families, but I find myself so self-centered that I haven’t provided the help they need from me. Please forgive me for this failing and help me to live again in a way that you will approve and my loved ones will appreciate.

When we said “I do” those many years ago, we almost guaranteed that one of would sadly watch the other laid to rest, but not even the intervening decades of happiness prepared me for this parting. Please help me to remember constantly that, with your mercy, our separation is only temporary. And remind me often to be more grateful for the blessings I have and enjoy from your hand and less whiny about a sorrow that is simply part of the human condition.

May I again be able to focus on your closeness, your sympathy and your comforting assurances to all who serve you. I pray in the wonderful name of Jesus, who loves me and gave himself for me and for whom I am ever thankful.


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