Gracious Father, life and death are in your hands. We thank you for the blessings you gave to ________ (name) in his earthly life, and praise you for now giving him the crown of eternal life. Comfort his family with Jesus’ promise that those who believe in him will never die.
Lord Jesus, you have told us that you are the Resurrection and the Life, and that those who believe in you will never die. With that promise, comfort those who mourn for ________ (name), that they may be confident of a blessed reunion in heaven.
All wise and mighty Father, our times are in your hands, and you work all things for the good of those who love you. Strengthen our faith in your promises, and comfort those who mourn for _________ (name), that with faith we may look forward to seeing our loved ones again, and seeing you face to face.
Lord Jesus, your holy Word promises that you will wipe away every tear from our eyes in that Day when there is no more death or mourning or pain. With your promise, dry the tears of those who weep for __________ (name), that with faith, we look forward to the blessed joy of heaven with you.
Lord God, you work all things for the good of those who love you. We pray for the family of ________ (name), whose soul you have taken to yourself. Assure us with your holy Word that nothing… not even life or death nor anything in all creation can separate us from your love which is ours in Jesus Christ our Lord.
Dearest Savior, you told us not to let our hearts be troubled because you have gone to prepare a place for us. We give you thanks that you have received ________ (name) into the mansion prepared for him. Calm our troubled hearts through trust in your gracious promise.
During Morning Praise (Matins) or for the Easter Season
Lord Jesus, you overcame the sting of death and opened the kingdom of heaven to all believers. Come, Lord, and help your people who mourn for ________ (name), whom you bought with your own blood. Remind us that you have set us free from death. Bring us at last with all your saints to glory everlasting.
Good Shepherd Sunday or 23rd Psalm
Lord Jesus, you are the Good Shepherd who laid down your life for us sheep, only to take it up again. Restore our souls with the comfort of your Word. Still the doubts and fears and soothe the pain of those who mourn for ________ (name), and guide us all on the path of righteousness until we all dwell in your house forever.
Near Christmas or for an agéd Christian
Lord Jesus, agéd Simeon took you in his arms and knew that he could depart in peace because he had seen his Savior. We give thanks that you revealed your saving love to ________ (name) and have now taken him in peace. You have given him what you have promised. Let your salvation be the light in our darkness, and our gladness in the midst of sorrow.
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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