Last week, I received an e-mail from a friend requesting prayer for herself, her family and her mom who was nearing death. I had to trust that the prayer could travel where I could not. My friend read the prayer to her mother, and God used it to bring peace. That was all God’s grace, not anything special about me or these words. God was already present and at work. Blessed be the name of the Lord.
It is a sacred honor to be with someone while they are dying. The veil between this life and the life to come is thin. It can be a stressful time, but also a holy time. In these times, and all the other times as well, cling to the presence and promises of God. God is near. God is good. God is strong to save. – Lisa <><
Psalm 23 NKJV
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He makes me to lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside the still waters.
He restores my soul;
He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil;
For You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
You anoint my head with oil;
My cup runs over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life;
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord Forever.
You are the Good Shepherd
We are the sheep of your fold
So is name the loved one
You love her and know she is moving towards death
You love her and promise she is also headed to a new life with you beyond death
We trust you are walking with her and her loved ones right now
We trust you will see her all the way through the shadowy valley
and into everlasting light with you
Help us to hear your voice and cling to your promises
Dispel all fear and guard every heart
Come with peace and provision
Come with strength and comfort
Come with salvation and hope
Our cups run over in praise and thanks
For your goodness and saving love
Lead her, and later all of us, home to you
Prayer for a Loved One Near Death © 2014 Lisa Ann Moss Degrenia.
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It brought tears to my heart. Thank you . I am just starting to be able to cry again. It has been a long, painful dry spell and this prayer today was much needed. I hope it brought comfort to your friend because it did for me. Again, thank you and God’s blessings to you. Miss you and the family.
Grey we love you and miss you. Thank you for the encouragement. God bless you!