In my work as a Pastoral Associate for this parish, I have the opportunity and the privilege to walk with many of our members as they celebrate great joys in their lives; weddings and anniversaries, new babies, becoming members of the Church, and the celebration of many sacraments. I also walk with those who are experiencing difficult and sad times; the loss of loved ones, difficult medical diagnosis, diminishing health and major changes in ability to live independently. It is these brothers and sisters in faith that I would like to lift in prayer today, please join me:
Dear Lord, make known your presence to those who are struggling in their lives to find a “new normal” after the passing of their loved one which undoubtedly left an incredible void in their lives. Dispel the darkness that veils their life as they grieve.
Reassure them of your promise that through you Lord, Jesus, their loved one is now enjoying eternity with our Father. Convince them of your presence and remain close to them at every hour. Heal their loneliness and pain and comfort them especially when they are alone with you. May your love be made known to them in the words and actions of people with whom they share life. May their time of grief be shortened by the outpouring of love for them from family and friends and our faith community.
Draw close to you also those who are facing medical concerns and the realities of aging. Be with them as they continue to navigate life amidst changes of body and mind. Be with their families and give them strength, that they might accompany their loved ones with courage and right decisions. Give all your people an appreciation for the love that is found in the hearts of family, friends and the new friends who care for them and commit to their comfort and happiness. Grant wisdom to all who seek it in regard to providing both medical and emotional care to loved ones. Instill in them a desire to remain close to you even when they doubt your presence.
We ask this Lord, in your name and we trust you hear our prayer. Amen.
In the Love of Christ,
He Would Love First!
October 24, 2020
A July Faith Formation Series – Part IV – APOSTOLIC