for those who mourn

A Prayer for Comfort
on the Death of a Loved One

Oh God, this is all too much —
there are too many troubles,
and too many worries,
and too much sadness,
and how could all this happen?

I don’t have the words —
to explain how I feel,
to give comfort to others,
to arrange what is needed …
I can’t even pray.

I lie down and try to sleep;
but a thousand thoughts
run through my mind
circling
like carousel horses.

Words I might have said,
things I could have done,
missed opportunities,
apologies omitted,
gratitude unexpressed.

The touch never felt again,
the smile gone,
the laughter silenced,
the memories, tales, and history
now absent from my life.

My heart weeps silently,
tears course through my blood
my body is filled with sorrow,
grief has closed my throat,
all I can do is cry.

Oh my God,
be a shield around me;
raise my courage,
lift my head,
soothe my soul.

Remind me, Blessed One,
of the joys and happiness,
teach me to appreciate
what was, what is,
and what is yet to be.
Amen.

Deborah Beach Giordano
© October 28, 2009

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I am a struggling Christian, committed pacifist, near-obsessive recycler, incurable animal lover, inveterate tree-hugger; a nature mystic, a socialized introvert, an advocate for the vulnerable, an opponent of exploiters.
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