Prayer For Parents Who Have Lost A Child
O sweet mother Mary,
who knew the sadness of mourning those your heart loved most,
Jesus, your Son,
and Joseph, your devoted spouse,
Pray for us in our time of loss.
For those who mourn,
immerse them in your love
and lead them through this darkness
into your arms, and light.
For those who comfort,
be in both the words they use
and all that's left unspoken;
fill each heart with love.
We ask this through Jesus Christ,
whose own suffering brought us life,
here and for eternity.
Father, we live in a society unaccustomed to having things taken away. When it's our children who are taken too soon, the shock and sadness can seem unending. Give us strength in these times to know that you love our children more than we do, for they are yours first. Our hallelujah may be broken, but it is honest and real. We may barely lift our eyes to you but our hearts stand firm in knowing you work all things together for good for those who love you.
God, we know you are the Maker. We know you give and take away. We are but dust in your hands, and yet we know how precious each of your children is to you, including the ones gone too soon. Though we may not see the glory of a short life on this earth, we know you alone can redeem that. Remind us in dark moments that you are redeeming this loss in eternity.
"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." Amen
Lord, You know the pain and grief that they are going through, and You understand the sadness and confusion they are facing, which must be tinged with so many unanswered questions as to why this had to happen to them.
Draw very close to them, for You are the God of all comforts, Who has promised to comfort each one of us in all our afflictions and pain. Minister to their needs and Lord, despite the sadness that they are going through at this moment I pray that this would draw them into a place where they cast all their burdens and pain onto You and trust You to bring them through losing this child. I ask this in Jesus' name,
Lord, you are the light of my salvation I will not fear. Even though I am going through a hard time, I put my trust in you. You are the stronghold of my life go before my family and I as we prepare to lay our child to rest. Let your steadfast love comfort my troubled heart. Help me to remember that I am more than a conqueror through Christ Jesus. In Jesus' name, I believe and pray. Amen.
Father in heaven, let your grace be sufficient for me during this mourning period. Lord, knowing that I have to face each day without my child, is tough. But this is the confidence that I have, my child is in your presence where there is no sorrow or mourning. Help us to grieve as true believers of Jesus Christ, for we know that this is not the end we shall see each other in heaven. When we go through difficult times, remind us of the good times we had with our child and the joy that she brought in our lives. I honor you highly, for you are a loving Father. In Jesus' name, I believe and pray. Amen.