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You reveal the Divine Self as similar to one who lifts an infant to the cheek. (Hosea 11:4)

Through the Spirit, I lift to You those whose infants are ill and struggling.

I ask you see those whose adult children are dying.

Show mercy to those whose houses are suddenly silent from laughter.

Continue to console those who are marking another anniversary of loss.

The grief does not end. The wounds remain. The aches are indescribable.

For some, the reality of the Incarnation is this: that You also can comprehend what it means to lose a child.

Lord, in your mercy, in your mercy, in your mercy… hear our prayer.




The Reverend Julia Seymour serves Lutheran Church of Hope in Anchorage, AK. She blogs at lutheranjulia.blogspot.com and readsallthethings.com. She contributed to There’s A Woman in the Pulpit. 

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3 thoughts on “Friday Prayer: In Grief

  1. Thank you for this beautiful prayer. The loss of a child is the loss of an entire universe and probably an entire self. My son died the most disfiguring and excruciating death possible from cancer. It’s like having 9/10th of your life blown up and all your oxygen removed at the same time. The cruelest part is, I look the same. I wish that child loss was visible, like limb amputation. I live 5 seconds at a time. I believe in love and grace. I don’t believe in much else. I am always grateful to meet someone who understands. If you are going home today to living children and grandchildren, you are the luckiest person on earth.


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