by Catherine (Edmonton,Alberta,Canada)
So many times I have failed you, done things against your will. So many times I have chosen the wrong path, here I am, alone and lost again.No where to go, and I remember that there was never a time that you left me,Inspite of my shortcomings you have continuously blessed me.
I humbly ask for your forgiveness and may you also guide me on how I could forgive myself for the mistakes I have committed.Grant me please Father the strength to move on. To live, not for myself but for the people I care about. I may not be able to correct those mistakes again.But I beg you Father, I need you and your forgiveness. I need to feel the comfort of your loving care that I may desire to live life again.
Return to Inspirational Prayers
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.
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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.
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.”
Once a year I try to make a short Ignatian retreat. While on an Ignatian retreat, one meditates on a scripture given to them by their director. You put yourself into the scene as you meditate and see where the Spirit leads.
Last year on my retreat I was meditating on the scene of Mary and Joseph frantically looking for their lost son Jesus for three days. (Any mother can understand how distressing that would be). My role in the meditation seemed to be to console Mary who was crying for her lost boy. I also witnessed her joy and relief when she found Jesus in the temple. I rejoiced with them.
The fruit of that meditation is that I have felt strongly on my heart ever since to pray with Mary for all of her lost children in the world today whom she weeps over. There are so many of her children lost and hurt, unknowingly trying to find their way to her Son. How happy Mary is when her children find their way to peace in Jesus and into the folds of her mantle.
“And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep which was lost.’ I tell you in the same way, there will be more JOY in Heaven over one sinner who repents, than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.” Luke 15:6-7
Please join me praying with Mary for all her wandering children. The Good Shepherd is there for them. How beautiful that we can play a part in helping, through our prayers and sacrifices, those who don’t yet know God’s love, and at the same time we console Mary.
Let’s keep Heaven rejoicing. We’ll join in the party up there someday!
Представленный перевод песни Michael Jackson (Майкл Джексон) – The lost children на русский язык не претендует на дословную точность. Текст и слова песни являются собственностью их авторов.
The lost children
We pray for our fathers, pray for our mothers
So this one’s for all the lost children
This one’s for all the lost children
When you sit there addressing,
counting your blessings
For all the lost children
This is for all the lost children
Home with their fathers,
Snug close and warm, loving their mothers
So pray for all the lost children
Let’s pray for all the lost children
Мы молимся за наших отцов, молимся за наших матерей,
А эта песня – потерянным детям,
Эта – для потерянных детей,
Когда ты сидишь вот так, взывая,
Считая свои молитвы,
Всем потерянным детям,
Эта – для потерянных детей,
Дом их отцов,
Уютный и теплый. Там, где их любящие матери…
Так помолимся за всех потерянных детей,
Давайте помолимся за всех потерянных детей.
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