Prayer for bereaved parents

God, you sacrificed your son so that we and our children would transcend physical death. We know that you grieved when he was crucified and that you grieve over all the atrocities done by men — especially in your name. You know and understand grief as you know and understand all. You know best how to comfort these parents. Lift their hearts up to you and fill them with your peace. Your understanding is beyond our human comprehension, but give them the knowledge and faith to endure even that which they can’t understand. Let them be aware of you always God, and help them to remember that your Love is Life that can never really be taken away.

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Short, simple words of prayer provide much needed comfort and hope to all Christians, especially mothers who have lost their children. Prayers are known to be beneficial in healing anxiety and depression during times of trouble. These prayers can be said aloud, alone, for a mother or for yourself.

Prayer for Bereaved Parents

The Belief Net website is all about inspiration, spirituality and faith. It contains a specific prayer for bereaved parents that they could recite themselves or with which others could pray for the mothers who have lost their children:

“God, you sacrificed your son so that we and our children would transcend physical death. We know that you grieved when he was crucified and that you grieve over all the atrocities done by men — especially in your name. You know and understand grief as you know and understand all. You know best how to comfort these parents. Lift their hearts up to you and fill them with your peace. Your understanding is beyond our human comprehension, but give them the knowledge and faith to endure even that which they can’t understand. Let them be aware of you always God, and help them to remember that your Love is Life that can never really be taken away.”

A Mother’s Prayer to the Guardian Angels of Her Child

“The Angels” magazine’s website passes along this maternal prayer for the well-being of her children:

“I humbly salute you, O you faithful, heavenly Friends of my children! I give you heartfelt thanks for all the love and goodness you show them. At some future day I shall, with thanks more worthy than I can now give, repay your care for them, and before the whole heavenly court acknowledge their indebtedness to your guidance and protection. Continue to watch over them. Provide for all their needs of body and soul. Pray, likewise, for me, for my husband, and my whole family, that we may all one day rejoice in your blessed company.

“Amen.”

Bible Verses

Simply look to the Bible for simple verses that can create comfort in this sad situation. The following are two that are often used in time of sorrow:

“So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you have to endure many trials for a little while. These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold — though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world.” 1 Peter 1:6-7

“Those who have been ransomed by the Lord will return. They will enter Jerusalem singing, crowned with everlasting joy. Sorrow and mourning will disappear, and they will be filled with joy and gladness.” Isaiah 51:11

Prayer After the Death of a Child

Creighton, a Jesuit Catholic University, shares a prayer for mothers after the death of a child:

“My life is upside down, loving God. The order of the world is out of place and I can’t do anything to right it again. Oh, Lord, you know the pain in my heart at all times and you know why: my child has died. How can it be that my beloved child is gone? The child I cared for with such concern in every illness, the one I held close to my heart and promised to take care of for a lifetime, is not here for me to care for anymore. It hurts deeply that I wasn’t able to protect this child I love with my whole being from a death that seems so unfair.

“Let me feel calm. Let me breathe deeply. Be with me in this kind of deep and transformative pain. I now carry this darkness with me on my back and in my heart, always. It is my burden and my companion.

“Lord, there is not a single minute of my life when this loss is not etched so keenly into my brain and heart, whether it is in the middle of a busy day or in those choking moments of grief in the solitary dark of night. Let me be grateful for every minute we had together. Let me treasure those memories and find joy in them. Help me to deal with people better. They don’t know what to say. They stumble and look away when they see me. They pretend nothing has happened. I know they “don’t want to remind me” but they don’t understand it is with me always, always.

“Teach me, Lord. Tell me what you want me to do with this. What am I supposed to learn from this kind of pain? What are you calling me to do?

“Open my battered heart and lead me to comfort and peace. Only you can give me the peace I need. Let me feel your presence in my life.”

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Finding the right words of condolences to offer the bereaved is difficult. There are no right words; there’s nothing you could say that will make the pain go away. However, there are short and simple condolence messages you can send to a grieving person.

What is a Condolence Message?

A condolence message is a heartfelt or sympathetic message you send to someone in a time of sadness, specifically, during the time of death.

When someone loses a loved one, one of the necessary things you have to do is show sympathy and the most acceptable way to show compassion is to pick out a simple, heartfelt condolence message that says conveys your sympathy and try and be there for the person as much as you can.

Things You Should Never Say to a Grieving Person

Although your condolence messages or words of encouragement might not be enough to cheer up a grieving friend, careless words could hurt them further.

Here are a couple of things to avoid saying to a grieving person or expecting from someone who is grieving.

  • Don’t expect a thank you.
  • Do not rationalize.
  • Don’t say it is probably for the best.
  • Don’t say you are not the first person to lose someone.
  • Don’t say move on.
  • Don’t say the deceased is in a better place.
  • Don’t go making false promises.

If you are terrible at consoling people who just lost a loved one, then you will find this list of sympathy messages handy.

Short and Simple Condolences Messages

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These simple words of sympathy are appropriate for situations when you didn’t know the deceased, or you aren’t close to the bereaved. For example, you are accompanying a friend to a funeral, or your co-worker lost his best friend.

If someone loses an uncle, an aunt, a friend, an in-law or even a grandparent and you did not know the deceased use the following straightforward and short words of condolence:

  • “Accept my condolences.”
  • “My deepest sympathy.”
  • “I’m very saddened to hear of your loss.”
  • “I am so sorry for your loss.”
  • “My heart goes out to you in your time of sorrow.”
  • “Know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.”
  • “My prayers are with you and family.”
  • “Accept my deepest and heartfelt condolences.”
  • “Accept my warm and heartfelt sympathy.”
  • “I am thinking of you during this time. Please accept my deepest condolences.”

Heartfelt Condolence messages on death of husband

Losing a spouse is a painful emotional experience for anyone. When we fall in love, among the things we fear could end a relationship, death is something we never include.

The best way to offer condolences to someone who just lost a husband is to say a little heartfelt word of sympathy and offer to help out.

You can offer to pick up the children, or drop them at their grandmas’,  get some so groceries, bring them food as the family is on shutdown at such moments.

These are heartfelt condolences messages that can convey your sympathy to a friend or someone who just lost her husband:

  • “I’m sorry for your loss. May God ease this painful period for you, Stay strong.”
  • “Please accept my heartfelt condolences on the passing of your husband.”
  • “May God bless and comfort you and your family during this difficult period, please accept my sincere condolences.”
  • “My heart goes out to you and your family on the passing of your husband, father and best friend, know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.”
  • “I’m sorry for your loss, with time and courage you will sail through these rough waters.”
  • “I can not possibly imagine what you feel right now, let me know if there is anything I can do to ease your pain at this difficult period.”
  • “I heard about the passing of your husband; I hope you can take some comfort in knowing that he was a great friend, and he will be sorely missed.”
  • “I am deeply honored and blessed to have known your husband. He was blessing in my life, and I will forever carry him in my heart. Accept my condolences.”
  • “I was so deeply saddened to hear of your husband’s passing. He was a wonderful man. You have my deepest sympathy.”
  • “My heartfelt sympathy for the loss of your husband. I know you had a great marriage and loved him so much. I share your grief at this trying time.”

Deep condolence message on death of wife

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Condolence messages on loss of wife

When a man loses his wife, it takes him time to realize just how much is about to change. Apart from your message of condolence, he could use your help with home errands such as food and in caring for the children.

These are sympathy messages for someone who just lost his wife:

  • “Please accept my sincere sympathy for the loss of your wife. I share in the grief of you and your family at this sad time.”
  • “I am deeply saddened by the loss of your wife. She will be truly missed, and I will include you and your family in my daily prayers.”
  • “A person that departs from this earth never truly leaves, for they are still alive in our hearts and minds, through us, they live on. Surely she will not be forgotten.”
  • “My deepest sympathies go out to you and your family during this difficult period. May you find the comfort and peace that you seek and may the soul of your wife rest in peace.”
  • “I cannot even begin to understand what you are going through right now, but I would like to offer my prayers and condolences to you and your family.”
  • “Please accept my condolences on the passing of wife. It is an honor to have known such a great person, and I will truly miss her.”
  • “My heartfelt condolences go out to you and your family. I will surely miss her presence; she was a lovable and kind person.”
  • ‘May the fond memories of your wife bring you comfort during this hard time in your life. My heart and prayers go out to you and your family.”
  • “At this trying period in your life, I pray that God will grant you the serenity and peace that you need to get through this. Know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.”
  • “Your wife was an exceptional person and will be missed. You have my most sincere sympathy for her passing.”

Condolences message to a friend who lost his father

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The loss of a father is massive.

Your message of condolences will depend on the recipient. If it is a co-worker or a friend who lost his father, a simple message of condolence is appropriate what if it is a child? That requires more finesse and empathy.

These are appropriate words of sympathy for someone who just lost a father:

  • “So sorry to hear this sad news. I’m thinking of you and your family at this time.”
  • “He is a great loss to all the people who know him. May his soul rest in peace.”
  • “Sympathies to your family on the passing of your father. He will always be in our hearts.”
  • “May I offer my sympathies to you and your family on the loss of your father, God bless his soul.”
  • “Please accept my condolences on the loss of your dad. His life is an inspiration to me and many others.”
  • “I may never fathom how painful this loss is for you; please be assured that you are in my thoughts and prayers. Accept my sympathy.”
  • “Your father’s vision of life was remarkable. He was indeed an inspiration to us all. Please accept my condolences.”
  • “I am so sorry to hear about your father’s passing. We hope that the love of family and friends will comfort and strengthen you in the days ahead.”
  • “My condolences to you and your family on the passing of your father. It is never easy to lose a parent, no matter their age. I pray for your peace and comfort during this difficult period.”
  • “Our condolences to you at this sad time. Your father was a wonderful man. He always had a calming effect on everyone around him. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.”

Condolence message on death of mother

“When I lost my mom, I cried until my insides hurt and my tears ran out.” – Nicholas Owen

These are some deep words of sympathy for someone who just lost a mother, if you knew the mother well enough, a short story or mention of the impact she had on you would be helpful.

  • “Please accept my heartfelt condolences on the passing of your mother, know that I’m available if you need a shoulder to cry on. God bless her soul.”
  • “I extend to you my deep and heartfelt condolences on the loss of your mother. I hope you find some comfort in knowing that she was a great mother to me, and she will never be forgotten.”
  • “I offer you my thoughts, prayers, and well wishes during this dark time in your life. May the soul of your dear mother rest in peace.”
  • “It is terrible to hear about your loss. I express my sincere sympathy to you and your family. Know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.”
  • “I am deeply saddened by the great loss you and your family have suffered. My heart goes out to you in this trying time and may you, and your loved ones find the strength to get through this.”
  • “I hope that the Lord brings you and your family the much-needed comfort and peace during this sad time. My condolences to you and your family.”
  • “Losing someone we love is never easy, but we must be thankful for, the beautiful moments and memories we shared with them. Your mother was a beautiful and kind soul, and she will not be forgotten.”
  • “I would like to express my sorrow and condolences to you and your family. I pray you and your family find the fortitude to bear this great loss.”
  • “Once the tears have dried up, and you have said your goodbyes, what is left is the beautiful and happy memories that you shared with your mother. May you find comfort in the memories you shared with your mom, accept my sincere condolences.”
  • “Please accept my condolences, know that I am here for you if you need any help.”

Condolence message on death of brother

“A brother shares childhood memories and grown-up dreams.”

Losing a brother is never easy, most times the surviving siblings wonder if there is anything they could have done and then they find something and blame themselves.

Empathy, in this case, is more important than sympathy.

It is always helpful to offer simple condolences phrases such as “There was nothing you could have done.” “It’s not your fault.”

These simple words of sympathy are appropriate for someone who just lost a brother:

  • “My heart goes out to you and your family on the passing of your brother. Accept my sincere condolences”.
  • “Accept my deepest condolences on the loss of your brother; he was a kind and gentle soul. God bless his soul”.
  • “My thoughts are with you and your family at this hard time caused by the painful loss of your dear brother. Accept my deepest sympathy”.
  • “There are no words to express my sorrow for your loss, may you find comfort in the loving memories you shared while he was alive. Accept my condolences.”
  • “He can only be physically gone but never the life lived and the memories shared. Have faith and be strong, may his soul rest in peace”.
  • “It’s awful and sad to hear about the sudden and painful exit of your dear brother. My deepest and sincere sympathy goes to you and your family”.
  • “Every time you miss him, search in your heart, there you can feel him, be with him and embrace him. May his gentle soul rest in peace.”
  • “Your brother shall forever be cherished. In our minds, he lives on. It is an honor to serve alongside your brother. My condolences to you and your family.”
  • “Your brother is the kindest and bravest person I have ever met, Stay strong and know that he continues to live in our heart. My sympathies.”
  • “I know there are no words to comfort you right now. If there is anything I can do to help ease your grief at this trying period, please do not hesitate to reach out to me”. My condolences to you and your family.”

Condolence messages for loss of sister

It’s easier to miss her at a cemetery, where she’s never been anything but dead than to miss her at all the places where she was alive. —John Scalzi

These are examples of words of condolences you can offer to a friend or co-worker who just lost a sister:

  • “I just heard about your sister’s passing. You have my heartfelt sympathy.”
  • I am very saddened to hear of your loss. Accept my deepest condolences.”
  • “I’m always there in your hour of need. May her soul rest in peace.”
  • “I am sorry for your loss. I am available if you need anything or if there’s anything you’d like to talk about.”
  • “I know mere words aren’t enough, but I want to let you know how sorry I am for your loss.”
  • “May our Lord bless and comfort you and your family during this time of grief. Please accept my sincere condolences.”
  • “I am forever grateful for the opportunity to know your sister and I will surely miss her warm smile, my deepest sympathies.”
  • “In this sad time, I would like to extend my heartfelt condolences to you and your family on the painful exit of your dear sister. She was so important to our world, and will never be forgotten.”
  • “I am sorry to hear about your sister, she lived a fabulous life and was an inspiration to everyone who knew her. My deepest condolences.”
  • “I know that you are going through a tough time, just know that I am here for you. I am truly sorry for your loss.”

Touching condolence message on death of a Child

Losing a child is like a sword through the heart a thousand times, it is death by a thousand paper cuts, and it is not uncommon for marriages to crash shortly after the death of a child.

It is a sensitive period for the parents, so it is best to keep to a simple word of condolences.

Here are ten simple condolence messages for a family that just lost their child:

  • “Very saddened to hear this news. My thoughts are with you.”
  • “In moments of a great ordeal, words are useless. God rest his soul.”
  • “Your loss deeply saddens me, May you find the strength to get through this.”
  • “In this sorrowful time, may the love of family and strength from friends comfort you.”
  • “You and your family are in my prayers during this difficult period. Accept my condolences.”
  • “She will always be remembered, as I will forever hold her in my heart. God rest her soul.”
  • “We will never forget the image of his energetic and bright face. May God grant him eternal rest and the family the strength to bear his untimely passing.
  • “I pray that your heart and soul will find peace and comfort during this difficult period. Accept my deepest condolences.”
  • “My sincere condolences to your family on the immeasurable loss you suffered. Know that you are in my prayers.”
  • “I can’t imagine what your family must be feeling right now, but I want you to know that I’m just a phone call away if there is anything I can do to help you get through this. My heartfelt condolences.”

Condolence message on death of mentor

These are sincere condolences message you can send to the family of a late teacher, mentor, boss, principal or any figure of authority in your life.

If you have a good memory of your mentor, you can share it with the bereaved to recognize the role the deceased played in your life.

For example,

“I will always remember the day; he met me crying in the hallway because of some trouble at home. He took me home and told me to wait in the car; I saw him have a word with my mother and from that day, my parents never fought again, well at least not in front of me.”

Stories like this can offer some comfort to the grieving family.

These are 10 condolence messages you can offer someone who lost a teacher or a mentor:

  • “I was deeply saddened to hear your loss. My deepest sympathies to your family for this great loss.”
  • “I pray that in this difficult time, the love of God shelters you and mend the pain as you move forward.”
  • “May God put him in a special place from where he will be watching us, the people who loved and cherished him. Accept my deepest condolences.”
  • “Death can never take a good man away, for, in the hearts of the people he inspired, the legacy remains and continuous throughout generations. He was a great teacher and father to many and may his soul find eternal rest.”
  • “In this time of grief, your family is in my thoughts and prayers; I will forever be grateful for the impact she had on my life growing up. Please accept my deepest sympathies.”
  • “I will forever cherish his leadership and guidance. I will carry him forever in my heart. Please accept my heartfelt condolences.”
  • “My deepest condolences go out to your family. I will miss the presence of the truly lovable and kind person she was.”
  • “May the care and love of those around you provide comfort and peace needed to get through the days ahead. My sincere condolences.”
  • “It’s so sad that my great mentor is gone so soon. I pray his family finds the love and strength needed to forge ahead in his huge absence. My deepest sympathies.”
  • “Accept my deepest sympathies. His dedicated tutorship and unrelenting discipline formed the bulk of my life’s foundation.”

Sincere Condolence Messages on loss of a pet

For some people, the death of a pet could sting more than the loss of a friend. I’m not making this up; some pet owners are more attached to their pets than humans.

This means when someone loses a pet, a condolence message on the loss of the pet is in order.

Here are some sample condolence messages on the loss of a pet:

  • “I’m very saddened to hear of your loss. she was a cute cat.”
  • “I was saddened to hear that you lost your furry family member.”
  • “I am praying for you as you mourn the loss of your family member, playmate, and friend.”
  • “Your dog was downright the cutest and best dog, I’ve ever seen. Accept my sincere sympathies.”
  • “Accept my condolences on the loss of your pet; I know you shared many beautiful memories together.”
  • “My heart goes out to you and your family as you grieve the loss of a very lovable member of your family.”
  • “Losing a pet is never easy, and it reminds us the huge role they played in our lives, cherish the memories.”
  • “I am so sorry for you had to put down your dog. I admire your bravery and love; you are a great pet owner.”
  • “My deepest sympathy on the loss of your dog, I’ve known that dog for as long as I’ve known you, she will be missed.”
  • “Accept my deepest, and heartfelt condolences on the loss of your pet, who I know is also a member of your family, may the beautiful memories of your pet, comfort you in what must be a sad period for you.”

When someone loses a pet, avoid making statements such as “You can always get another pet.” It is equivalent to telling a boy who just lost his father, your mother will remarry soon and you will no longer miss your father. Stupid right? Yes, it is insensitive, and you should never say or imply that to a pet owner.

Remember, the best condolences message is one that conveys your sympathy.

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prayer for bereaved parents

Before reading the rest of this article, please read the page “What your bereaved friends want you to know (but may not say)”. This article will help you understand more about the needs of bereaved parents before you begin to pray for us.

It is also helpful for you to ask your grieving friend how they would like you to pray. Each situation is different; our loved ones are unique; their deaths were unique; our needs are unique.

Praying Scripture for Your Family and Friends introduced the idea of using Scripture in our prayers. In an article titled Praying as Paul Prayed, I touched on the topic of praying for our teens and adult children using the writing of Paul the Apostle. This month is about praying specifically for those who are grieving.

This is about PRAYING for your friends and family who are bereaved – specifically for those who have lost a child. Though the examples are include prayers for grieving parents, these Scriptures may be used to pray for anyone experiencing grief whether the loss of a child, a parent, or a close friend. These are not platitudes for you to quote to your hurting friend. If you must say something, a simple “I am so sorry for your pain. I am praying for you” says enough. Or you could send a note with a Scripture written at the bottom and “This is my prayer for you today”.

Please do not preach these passages to us. Please don’t preach to us at all. Most of us who are grieving are hurting so much in those first few days and weeks of grief – and trying hard to just survive – that a well-meaning friend quoting Scripture to us may not be helpful. We need you to listen and to pray.

We do need to know Truth. With regards to helping us know Truth, as a loving friend, often times your part is to lift us up in prayer. Intercede for us using the truths found in the Word of God. Pray that God will comfort us and show us His Truth through the Holy Spirit in His timing.

The reality is that we who are grieving are most likely praying as best we can, and we are seeking truth as we ask for healing from God is in the midst of our pain. The Holy Spirit is called the Comforter in the New Testament. Jesus also said that the Holy Spirit will teach us all we need to know. Please let God work in our lives. Give us time to hear from Him. Give us space to hear what He wants to say without adding noise and clutter. But please, oh please, PRAY FOR US! Bereaved parents need prayer.

When we are grieving the loss of a child, we need our friends to lift us up to the Father and intercede on our behalf. It seems that others instinctively know we need prayer – they all tell us they are praying for us. But are they really? Are you really praying? Do you know how to pray for the bereaved parents in your church or in your community? I didn’t, not before I became a bereaved mom. I had no idea how to pray for my friends who had buried their son. My prayer went something like this:

“Father, Bless Patty & Gary. Heal their broken hearts. Give them strength. Amen.”

While this is a valid prayer – and God knew my heart – I now know so much more how to pray for those grieving! I can pray more effectively because I have been through the death of a child. And I want to help you learn how to effectively pray for your friends who have experienced loss.

Please do not misunderstand me – I know that God heard my prayer. He knew my heart. He knew that I was doing the best I could with what I knew. There is no condemnation here at all. There is no condemnation if your prayers are just like mine were. It is just that now I am better equipped. I have learn more about praying Scripture for the bereaved – whether they grieve for a parents, a sibling, a friend or a child. We can pray the Word of God for our friends who are hurting and in need of healing! So how do we begin?

Healing, Strength and Peace

Of course, you know your friend is hurting and needs healing and strength and peace. Parents who have buried their child or who’s baby was born straight into the arms of Heaven have broken hearts. They are wounded with a deep wound that, at first, seems like it will never heal. We need miraculous healing as only God can provide. We need restoration. We need peace.

So let’s start there! Let’s start with Scriptures that promise us restoration and strength and peace. Let’s look at how one can obtain these things. And then let’s compose a prayer using these truths.

Psalms 34:18 The Lord is near the brokenhearted and rescues those crushed in spirit.

Psalm 94:18-19 When I said, “My foot is slipping,” your love, O Lord, supported me. When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought joy to my soul.

1 Peter 5:10 And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.

Psalms 29:11 The Lord gives strength to his people; the Lord blesses his people with peace.

Isaiah 26:3-4 You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast,
because he trusts in you. Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord, the Lord, is the Rock eternal.

2 Corinthians 12:9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”

Isaiah 40:29-31 He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

Lord,

Alli is hurting so much right now. She is weak and tired. She is brokenhearted and missing her little boy. I pray that you would show her that Your grace is sufficient for her in her sorrow and that You are made strong in her weakness. You are the God of grace! You have called her to Your eternal glory in Christ Jesus. The grief of not having her son with her and the family is hitting her hard today. Make Your truth real to Alii today, Oh God! Restore her, make her strong and firm and steadfast! Lord, I know that she seeks to know You and she seeks to keep her mind steadfast; she trusts You. Give her Your perfect peace today. In Jesus’s Name I pray. Amen

Fear

If we have other children, we may have very real fears that something will happen to them, that they too will die or get sick or overdose or get in a car wreck or…or…or… We are sometimes afraid that we will have to bury another child. After a miscarriage, the fear of not having a baby becomes very real.

We don’t need to be told that we won’t lose another child. Or that our others kids won’t die. Or that our next pregnancy will be just fine. You don’t know that to be true. We know it may not be true. But you can pray for us that we would not walk in fear of things that may or may not happen. There are so many “fear not” passages in the Bible! I have listed just a few; here is a longer list of scriptures regarding fear.

2 Timothy 1:7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

Philippians 4:4-7 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Isaiah 41:10 So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

How could you pray these for your friend? I have written out a petition that I have prayed for myself many times in the past thirteen months. You could pray something similar for your friend.

Lord,

Each time one of my children leaves the house, is late coming home, or heads out of town, fear grips my heart. I am afraid that I will lose another one. That I will have to bury another one of my children. Father, help me to rejoice in You. Help me to know that You are near. Help me to rejoice in the time I have with my children here on earth and to rejoice that I will spend eternity with them and with You. Strengthen me and hold me in Your righteous hand. I know Your Word tells me that You have not given me a spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind! Help me to live in that truth today and every day. I choose to not be anxious about the well-being of my children; I place them in Your hands. Thank you, Lord, for giving me peace. Thank you for being with me. Thank you for guarding my heart and my mind in Christ Jesus. Amen

Trusting God

For some bereaved parents, anger at God is very real. It is hard to trust someone you are angry with. All of us must learn to walk in our new reality. And trusting that God is wise, compassionate, kind, loving, peaceful and good goes along way to help us heal. Trusting God in general will help us to go on living. We need help trusting God in our grief. Here a just a few passages you could use while praying for your friend’s trust in God to be renewed.

1 Peter 2:6 He who trusts in The Lord will not be disappointed.

Jer 17:7-8 “But blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord,
whose confidence is in him. He will be like a tree planted by the water
that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes;
its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought
and never fails to bear fruit.”

Prov 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; 6 in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.

Isaiah 26:3-4 You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you. 4 Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord, the Lord, is the Rock eternal.

Nahum 1:7 The Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in him,

Assurance of Truth

The enemy often tries to tell parents that their child did not really go to Heaven, that they did not really know God. Please take time to pray for your friends that they will not listen to the lies of the enemy but will hold fast to the Truth about Salvation, Eternity and Heaven. Pray that the knowledge that their child is in Heaven will be of comfort to your grieving friends. Pray that God will assure them that His Truth is real. And you may want to refer your friend to the post Do NOT List to the Father of Lies.

John 11:25-26 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?”

2 Cor 5:6-8 Therefore we are always confident and know that as long as we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord. We live by faith, not by sight. We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord.

Acts 2:21 And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.

Psalm 139:16 Every day of my life was recorded in Your book.
Every moment was laid out before a single day passed.

John 5:24 Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life.

John 1:12-13 Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God– 13 children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.

Ephesians 1:13-14 And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession–to the praise of his glory.

Revelation 21:4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.

Rev 1:17-18 “Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last. 18 I am the Living One; I was dead, and behold I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades.

There are so many passages about life in eternity with Christ! I will leave you with one last prayer….

Behold! I tell you a mystery. We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed. For this perishable body must put on the imperishable, and this mortal body must put on immortality. When the perishable puts on the imperishable, and the mortal puts on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.” “O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?”

1 Corinthians 15:51-57

Father,

Thank you that Andrew was a believer! Thank you for saving him through the blood of Your Son Jesus Christ. Help me to remember the good things about his life and the promises You gave him and us. I so look forward to that day when my faith will become sight and I will see You face-to-face! How great that day will be when the trumpet sounds and this mortal body will put on immortality. Help me to live a life that honors You until that day. While I wait for Your return, help me live well. And this is my prayer for all my friends who have experienced the death of a child: Help us to heal, to grow, to serve, and honor You while we wait for the Great Reunion in Heaven. Amen.

My challenge for you this month: Learn how to love those who are grieving. Read What your bereaved friends want you to know (but may not say). And pray for someone you know what has experienced loss this year. It may be a widow, a parent who lost a child, or a friends who lost a sibling. Pray for those who grieve.

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