New Project Completed: Prayers When Your Brother Dies

8Mar
2015

In my newsletter which has just gone out, I describe a new little prayer book that I’ve just completed that offers prayers to help you through the death of your brother.  Here are a few of the prayers from the booklet.:

Thank You For the Gift of My Brother

Dearest Lord, thank you for the gift of my brother. How grateful I am that Your love arranged that I would be in the same family as he. But now you have taken him back to Yourself. Help me to remember that he is still with me, but in a new way. Faith tells me that even from eternity he can watch over me and send prayers my way. And I know I can speak to him, too, asking him to pray for me or help me in this way or that. Love is eternal and the love we shared on earth continues in eternity.

I love you, dear Brother, and I thank you for being my wonderful brother.

May we share the joys of heaven some day.

Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

Dear Brother, I Am Sorry

Dearest Lord, I thank You for giving me my brother. I am feeling deeply his loss. There are things I did through the years which hurt him…words I said, things I did, or even the things I did not do, the time I could have spent with him but was too busy for. Now he has passed from this life and I can’t say to him, “I’m sorry. I love you, I didn’t mean to hurt you.“ It is true I can no longer say these words to him to his face, but faith tells me he is still alive, just in a different way. I can still tell him all that is in my heart…

Dear Brother, I miss you. I know there were times I hurt you, things I said or did, times I should have made to be with you. I’m sorry. I love you. Forgive me. From where you are now, you understand everything. You know I love you and have always loved you despite all my weaknesses.

Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

 

Lord, Sometimes I Want My Brother to Be Here Still

Dear Lord, I am feeling so deeply the grief of losing my brother that sometimes I look at his death in a far too human way, and I want him to be back here at my side. I forget that in eternity there are joys which can’t even begin to be compared to the passing joys of this earth. Yet I feel sad that my brother is missing some of these joys. And I think of the ways my brother could be here helping out in this situation or that. But I must remember that he can still help us by his prayers. Give me the eyes of faith, O Lord, to look at my brother’s death from the point of view of heaven rather than of earth. Help me to trust in Your wisdom, and comfort me at the times when I do not have the ability to understand Your ways.

Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

Prayer for My Brother’s Family

Dear Lord, although I feel deeply the loss of my brother, his own family–his wife and his children–are suffering even more deeply. Death is so painful, Lord, and the more we love someone in this life, the more deeply we feel their loss when You take them to Yourself. O Lord, hold my brother’s family close to Your heart during this difficult time. Help them to grieve healthily, not running from the pain nor dwelling too much on it, but embracing it and offering it as a prayer to You. Lord, take care of them and help me to reach out to them and help them as I can.

Dear Brother, I know you’re looking down on all of us. Pray for your family. They’re missing you so. We love you.

Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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