God grant that I may live to fish, until my dying day, And when it comes to my last cast, I then most humbly pray, When in the Lord's safe landing net, I'm peacefully asleep, That in his mercy I be judged, As big enough to keep.
Prayer at the Death of Loved One by Edward Hay
Help us, Compassionate God, to let Your ancient and eternal song of death and life be played out in each of us, as we live out our faith that death is but a doorway that opens unto a greater and fuller expression of life, that opens to a final union with You who are life! Blessed are You, Lord of Life, who alone knows the hour of our death and ultimate union with You. Blessed are You, Lord our God, whose messenger is death.
The Twenty Third Psalm
The Lord is my shepherd: I shall not want.He maketh me to lie down in green Pastures, he leadeth me beside the still waters.He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake, Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me, thy rod and staff they comfort me.Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointed my head with oil; my cup runneth over.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.
Hindu Prayer at Cremation (Addressed to the dead person)
Let your eye go to the Sun; your life to the wind; by the meritorious acts that you have done, go to heaven, and then [for rebirth] to the earth again; or, resort to the Waters, if you feel at home there; remain in the herbs with the bodies you propose to take.
Rig-Veda X, 16, 3
Prayer At Time Of Adversity An Inuit Indian Prayer
I think over again my small adventures. My fears, Those small ones that seemed so big, For all the vital things I had to get and reach. And yet there is only one great thing, The only thing, To live to see the great day that dawns And the light that fills the world.
Islam: Verse of the Throne
The Koran refers to God as Rabb al-Alameen, the Lord of all creation (literally "the worlds"). The whole of the cosmos, nature as well as humanity, is created and sustained by God. This notion of God's sovereignty is expressed in the following "verse of the Throne":
Allah, there is no God but He, the Living, the Eternal. Neither slumber nor sleep seizes Him. To Him belongs what is in the heavens and in the earth. Who can intercede with Him, except by His permission? He knows what lies before them and after them and they know nothing of his knowledge, save such as He wills. His throne encompasses the heavens and the earth and He never wearies of preserving them. He is Sublime, the Exalted.
Prayer When Your Are Depressed By: Dr. Walter L. Weston
God, life seems so bleak and useless right now. I don't have any energy. I have no ambition to do much of anything. I am really feeling down. I feel "down on" myself and "down on" everyone around me. Even as I pray, I don't sense your presence. I am going through the motions, knowing that you are still with me.
I know that I am sacred and precious but they are just words right now. I know that my life has been worthwhile, full of many wonderful people and experiences, much happiness and joy. I feel little of this right now. God, all I can do is affirm the goodness of life and try to hold on until the darkness is replaced by your light and love.
Help me to spot the lies that my depressed emotions are telling me. Life is good. I am good. You are good. Grant me hope. My loved ones love me. Life will be beautiful again. Soon, I will see the beauty around me again. Soon, I will again know vitality and purpose, happiness and love. Until then, give me the strength and hope to survive this day.
Help me to smile and laugh, even if just for a moment. Be my strength and salvation. I ask you to restore me and make me whole. Fill me with the Word and the Spirit that I might be recreated anew. I praise and thank you. Amen.
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