we pray for those who struggle with loss
and are weighed down by temptations to despair.
Drive away their darkness with the light of Christ
who came to bear our griefs and carry our sorrows.
Cheer their hearts with the goodness
of your many blessings they still enjoy.
Remind them despite their losses
that they will not lose the treasure of Christ
or his gospel that declares them his own.
Source: From The St. Stephen’s Breviary: Short Prayers for Many Occasions, St. Stephen’s Ev. Lutheran Church, Beaver Dam, Wisconsin. Prayers were written by Pastor Paul C. Stratman.
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