A Prayer for the Loss of a Loved One

O God, who art the strength of thy saints, and who redeemest the souls of thy servants: We bless thy name for all those who have died in the Lord, and who now rest from their labors, having received the end of their faith, even the salvation of their souls.

Especially we call to remembrance thy lovingkindness and thy tender mercies to our sister in Christ, Dawn Babcock.

For all thy goodness that withheld not her portion in the joys of this earthly life, and for thy guiding hand along the way of her pilgrimage, we give thee thanks and praise. Especially we bless thee for thy grace that kindled in her heart the love of thy dear name, that enabled her to fight the good fight, to endure unto the end, and to obtain the victory, yea, to become more than conqueror, through him that loveth us.

We magnify thy holy name that, her trials and temptations being ended, sickness and death being passed, with all the dangers and difficulties of this mortal life, her spirit is at home in thy presence, with whom dwelleth eternal peace.

And grant, O Lord, we beseech thee, that we who rejoice in the triumph of thy saints may profit by their example, that becoming followers of their faith and patience, we also may enter with them into an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled, and that fadeth not away; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

from The Methodist Book of Worship for Church and Home, 1965

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