Oh Lord, you who wept over the untimely death of your beloved friend Lazarus, we too weep over the untimely death of our beloved one. We weep over all that has been lost— their touch, their voice, their presence in a room, all that they would have made of the world that you so love, all that they called out in each of us, all the beauty that shone through them. As their life has been suddenly snatched from us, we pray that you would grasp us with your care. As they are now far from us, we pray that you would be near to us. Where we feel empty inside, fill us up with your resurrection life. Watch with us, we pray, and watch over us. Be our comfort in the face of all that feels inconsolable. Bless us as we mourn. We pray this in Jesus’ name, the Man of sorrows, acquainted with grief, and the Lamb of God, who makes all things new. Amen.

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