Here are some prayers that may give you comfort.
God of power and mercy,
you have made death itself the gateway to eternal life. Look with love
on our dying brother/sister, and make him/her one with Your Son in His
suffering and death, that, sealed with the blood of Christ, he/she may
come before you free from sin. Amen.
Almighty Father, eternal God, hear our
prayers for Debbie whom You have called from this life to Yourself.
Grant her light, happiness, and peace. Let her pass in safety through
the gates of death, and live forever with all Your saints in the light
You promised to Abraham and to all his descendants in faith. Guard her
from all harm and on that great day of resurrection and reward raise her
up with all Your saints. Pardon her sins and give her eternal life in
Your kingdom. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.
God of faithfulness, in
Your wisdom You have called Debbie out of this world; release her from
the bonds of sin, and welcome her into Your Presence, so the she may
enjoy eternal light and peace and be raised up in glory with all Your
Lord, as we mourn the sudden death of
Debbie show us the immense power of Your goodness and strengthen our
belief that he/she has entered into Your Presence. Amen.
Peace my heart...
Peace, my heart, let the time for the parting be sweet.
Let it not be a death but completeness.
Let love melt into memory and pain into songs.
Let the flight through the sky end in the folding of the wings over the nest.
Let the last touch of your hands be gentle like the flower of the night.
Stand still, O Beautiful End, for a moment, and say your last words in silence.
I bow to you and hold up my lamp to light you on your way.
A Parable of Immortality
I am standing upon the seashore.
A ship at my side spreads her white sails to the morning breeze
and starts for the blue ocean.
She is an object of beauty and strength,
and I stand and watch until at last she hangs
like a speck of white cloud
just where the sea and sky come down to mingle with each other.
Then someone at my side says,
" There she goes! "
Gone from my sight . . . that is all.
She is just as large in mast and hull and spar
as she was when she left my side
and just as able to bear her load of living freight
to the place of destination.
Her diminished size is in me, not in her.
And just at the moment
when someone at my side says,
" There she goes! "
there are other eyes watching her coming . . .
and other voices ready to take up the glad shout . . .
" Here she comes! "
From Debbie to Us
home in Heaven, dear ones;
Oh so happy and so bright!
There is perfect joy and beauty
In this everlasting light.
All the pain and grief is over,
Every restless tossing passed;
I am now at peace forever,
Safely home in Heaven at last.
Did you wonder I so calmly
Trod the valley of the shade?
Oh! but Jesus' love illumined
Every dark and fearful glade.
And He came Himself to meet me
In that way so hard to tread;
And with Jesus' arm to lean on
Could I have one doubt or dread?
Then you must not grieve so sorely
For I love you dearly still:
Try to look beyond earth's shadows,
Pray to trust our Father's Will.
There is work still waiting for you,
So you must not idly stand;
Do it now, while life remaineth---
You shall rest in Jesus' land.
When that work is all completed,
He will gently call you Home;
Oh, the rapture of that meeting,
Oh, the joy to see you come!