Prayer: Our most merciful and loving Father, the God of comfort and mercy, we bless your name and exalt you for your wise and wonderful work of salvation by which you rescue our souls and bodies from the burden of this life. You ordained our beginning and end, and we know that we are dust for from dust you made us, and to dust, we will return. Yet, in Christ, we have great hope — the hope of the resurrection, for he is our resurrection and life. Dying we yet live. In sorry, we have hope. We confess that we do not often think about the day of our end when we will leave this body, casting off the frailty of this life, and enter your presence. We thank you that though we grieve at the loss of loved ones, we do not grieve as those without hope, as you bring those in Christ to your glorious presence. Precious in your sight is the death of your saints. Therefore, holy Father, we pray and plead that you would first remind us of our mortality and, through it, cause us to lay up treasures in heaven and not on earth. We further pray for those who have lost loved ones and friends that you would comfort them in those dark hours and bring them peace. We further ask that you teach us how to minister to the grieving and sorrowful, pointing them to the One who has conquered death and the grace. These things we pray through the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, who rules and reigns forever and ever. Amen.

Scripture Meditation: 2 Cor. 1:3-5; Gen. 1:27, 3:19; Jn. 11:25; Ps. 116:15; Matt. 6:19-24, 33; 1 Cor. 15:50-56

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