Grieving Prayer

Brand New Mourning   by the Rev. Dr. Kwasi Kena

We never know what each new day will bring.

We hope for joy and peace

Or at least the comfort

Of predictable routine.

We're never prepared

For the intrusion of


Acted out through

Harm and mayhem.

When death rips life

From our grasp,

When horror blurs

Our sight,

Have mercy on us, Lord.

Hold our aching souls

Guide us through

Dizzying grief,

Listen to our wailing "Why?"

Be the Comfort we may not even know we need

As we live through this brand new mourning. Amen.

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