This is a prayer to be said upon traveling to attend a funeral after an unexpected death. The blank line is for inserting the name of the deceased. This appears in This Grateful Heart: Psalms and Prayers for a New Day from CCAR Press.
Travel After an Unexpected Death
God of Old,
Is a day I never imagined
And never prepared to face.
God of the bereaved,
Bless us as we come together
At this moment of desolation and despair.
Give me the presence of mind
To be a source of wisdom and strength
In this hour of need.
Bless my/our family with consolation and endurance,
Comfort and peace.
God of old,
Bless the soul of __________________________ (full name).
May his/her soul be bound up in the bond of life,
A living blessing in our midst.
© 2017 CCAR Press from This Grateful Heart: Psalms and Prayers for a New Day
Postscript: See also, “Travel to an Unexpected Family Emergency.”
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