1 Corinthinas 13:1-2
If I speak in the tongues of mortals and of angels, but do not have love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.
We thank you for the gift of love, the greatest of your gifts to us. Love is precious and beautiful. It is the most important thing in our lives, and the sign that we are truly made in your image.
But this gift of love comes at a price. The more we love the more it hurts us to be separated from those we love.
Today we remember those we have loved and have lost. Assure us that they are safe in your care, that this parting is for now, not for ever.
Be with each person here who is grieving. Help each one through the pain, to the point where the memories are of the love and not of the pain of letting go.
We pray in Jesus’ name,