Most precious and loving God,

I pause in this moment, expressing my sadness and disbelief,
You O Lord gave me the gift of compassion, the skill and talent to minister, yet in this moment
 I feel the sadness and loss for the patient you allowed me to serve.
I pause in this moment and remember the subtle smile, the cheerful Hello and the whispers of thank you.
Be gracious O Lord,  Allow the loving moments to linger, the pain to flee and the blessed assurance that your comfort is more than enough for me and the family members who have walked this road.
I have given it my all, and have shared in the healing process.
Strengthen as only you can, for I need your guidance.
 Lead me to a brighter day.
For I have touched your love, shared your creation and
 I am grateful for the tears in my eyes that allowed me to see the rainbow of a life you have given.

Bless, I pray, this day. Amen.

Rev. Larry L. Jackson


  1. Sunday mornings were always challenging when my son was a toddler. The crying would begin as we walked back to the church nursery, and though his class was filled with toys and friends and people who would provide loving care for him, his separation from me would cause stress, fear and sadness. But I left him.
    As I worshiped in the adjoining sanctuary I felt I was in the presence of the Lord. I was at peace and I was where I was supposed to be. I knew that my son was missing me, but our time apart would be short. I looked forward to the day he would be old enough to come with me into the sanctuary and we would stand before the Lord together.
    I was reminded of these emotions years later when I lost my dad. I was the crying child while he had stepped into God's sanctuary in heaven. I have shared this analogy on occasion and hope it brings comfort.

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