Today is an unexpected and sad post. Today is Good Friday, the time of Easter and of death and resurrection. Please therefore spend a moment to think of my beautiful, kind and precious mother who sadly died unexpectedly last night without chance for goodbyes or expressions of love. No doubt I will do a proper tribute in a few weeks time.
I was also made redundant from work 2 weeks ago and so no doubt like thousands of people around the world, it is not going to be a Happy Easter for me.
I wouldn’t normally post prayers but for those who may be going through a similar process, maybe these 3 below from the Church of England website may be of comfort.
A prayer for ourselves
Support us, O Lord,
all the day long of this troublesome life,
until the shadows lengthen and the evening comes,
the busy world is hushed,
the fever of life is over
and our work is done.
Then, Lord, in your mercy grant us a safe lodging,
a holy rest, and peace at the last;
through Christ our Lord.
A prayer based on Psalm 6
Our eyes, Lord, are wasted with grief;
you know we are weary with groaning.
As we remember our death
in the dark emptiness of the night,
have mercy on us and heal us;
forgive us and take away our fear
through the dying and rising of Jesus your Son.
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from the evil one.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours
now and for ever.
The Lord is my shepherd;
there can I lack nothing.
He makes lie down in green pastures
and leads me beside still waters.
He shall refresh my soul
and guide me in the paths of righteousness for his
Though I walk through the valley of
the shadow of death, I will fear no evil;
for you are with me;
you rod and staff, they comfort me.
You spread a table before me
in the presence of those who trouble me;
you have anointed my head with oil
and my cup shall be full.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
all the days of my life,
and I will dwell In the house of the Lord for ever.