AT THE GRAVE OF A CHILD
Almighty Father, as I stand at the grave of my beloved child, I tenderly recall
the joys that he (she) gave me during his (her) lifetime. How I delighted in
his (her) physical and mental growth. How I planned for his (her) future. Though
few and brief were the years wherein I rejoiced with my beloved child, many
indeed were the blessings he (she) brought into our home. The passage of years
will never fill the void in my heart, nor can time soften the pain of bereavement.
Though he (she) is no longer in our midst, his (her) memory shall forever be
enshrined in my heart.
O merciful God, Giver of life, Thou hast recalled what is Thine own, and hast
taken him (her) into Thy loving care and keeping. Though my heart still grieves,
may I, who have known the joys of parenthood, bring love and cheer into the
lives of others. I pray that the soul of my dearly beloved child be bound up
in the bond of eternal life, together with the souls of all the righteous that
are in Thy keeping. Amen.
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