FOR OUR BELOVED
is the prayer we had read at Harlan’s funeral.
We just wanted to share this with you all as well.
heavenly Father, Source of strength in time of trouble,
with sorrowing hearts, we turn to Thee for comfort
as we share the grief that has befallen this household.
do not presume to understand, nor may we question
the wisdom of Thy ways. Thou sendest sorrow and joy,
the bitter and the sweet, dark clouds and bright sunlight.
We only know, with the faith which Thou hast implanted
in our souls, that Thou, O G-d, are the Creator of life, and
in Thy hands are the souls of all those loved ones who
leave us to return to Thee.
Father who healest the broken-hearted and bindest
up their wounds, we pray Thee to send Thy consolation
to the bereaved parents and to all who knew and loved
Harlan Shawn Friedberg. May their trust in Thee not
falter though they do not comprehend Thy purpose nor
now understand why their love brings them tears. Keep
steadfast their faith in Thee and in the goodness of life.
Help them to find consolation in knowing that whatever
Thou doest is for the best. Fill them with fortitude bravely
to resume the daily tasks and challenges of life. In serving
Thee and their fellowmen, may healing come to their
merciful Father, keep in Thy loving care the soul of
our dear one. May his soul be bound up in the bond of
eternal life, together with all the precious souls that are
united in Thee, our Creator and Father. Amen.
"LEAN ON ME"