A prayer in the face of grief and tragic loss

There are many things in this world to celebrate, but there are also moments that cause use to pause and ask, why? In those times of grief, may this prayer and others, offer a moment of comfort that God is with us in all circumstances.

Divine Darkness, when the night of grief swallows our feeble light, help us to feel you lovingly wrap us in that very darkness.

Hidden God, we are angry. Where are you? Show yourself. Explain yourself. Feel the heat of our frustration and fear we share only with you.

Burden-lifting God, our grief weighs us down. It feels as if our backs will break along with our hearts. We are smothered by the weight. When it feels as if we can bear no more, Loving Shepherd, bear us forward.

O, Answer to all Mysteries, we have unanswerable questions. We struggle with "If only ..." and "What if?" and "Why?" Give us grace to live the questions in the confidence that we don't have to have all the answers.

Our Beginning and Our End, you have taught us about life; now teach us about death. Comforting Mother, let us lay our wearied selves next to you, to sense your breath, to feel your warmth, to hear you tenderly call our name.

With gratitude to our colleagues at Discipleship Ministries, who compile resources for such a time as this. Copyright © 2003 R. Preston Price