Prayer for a Community that Mourns

As students for of our local high school arrived this morning and prepared for classes, one of their fellow-classmates collapsed and was taken to the emergency room. A short time later, news of his death reached the campus. The following is some thoughts and prayers as our community and our students begin the process of grieving at the loss of their friend.

The Lord gave this world a special gift when He gave this young man to live among us. For His own reasons, and His own purposes, the Lord has unexpectedly removed him from our lives. Therefore, as did Job when all his sons and daughters died in one day, we mourn and grieve. We cannot help it. This loss leaves a gaping hole in many of our lives. Even for those of us who never met him, the fear that this would happen to someone close to us causes us to reach out in empathy, love and compassion to those who did.

OUR PRAYER: “Gracious Heavenly Father, our thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways our ways. We do not understand or comprehend why you would remove such a precious gift from us. In the midst of our grief, protect and preserve us from the evil of charging you with wrong. In our pain and anguish, bring us comfort and peace by Your Spirit through Your Word. Be and abide with the family and friends of this young man. Comfort them in their sorrow and turn their hearts to you. Grant all of us faith to trust in the forgiveness of our sins purchased and won for us by Your Son so that we need not fear death when our final hour comes. Rather, give us certainty that because of the death of Your Son, Jesus Christ, Our Lord, we have eternal life. For He has risen from the dead and lives and reigns to all eternity with you and the Holy Spirit, ever one God, world without end. AMEN.”

Job 1:20-22 Then Job arose and tore his robe and shaved his head and fell on the ground and worshiped. And he said, “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return. The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.” In all this Job did not sin or charge God with wrong.

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