Sunday Evening Prayers at the beginning of Baby Loss Awareness Week

9th – 15th October is Baby Loss Awareness Week. To try and be a part of raising awareness and supporting those bereaved, our church will be lit pink. Our Zoom Prayer Room on Monday 10th October will include prayers for those affected by the loss of a baby.

The song, Borrowed Angels by Kristin Chenoweth is such a touching song that it’s nearly impossible not to cry when hearing it, and even more so at the funeral of a precious child that’s passed into heaven. Take a look at these very special lyrics: “There must be Borrowed Angels, here in this life. They come along, into this world, and make this world bright. But they can’t stay forever. Cause they’re heaven sent. And sometimes, heaven needs them back again.” Isn’t that so true? We know that these young ones are not responsible for knowing the gospel and it is believed that God will not condemn someone who isn’t old enough to be able to respond to the gospel, so that might give parents some comfort, and even though this song might start a flood of tears, tears are part of the healing process, although no one ever completely recovers from losing a precious child.

Prayer for loss of child (a prayer of comfort for someone who has lost their son or daughter)

Abba Father, We pray for the parents of children who have been taken far too soon. They long to be with their dear beloved child, their hearts are heavy with deep sorrow and their breath is shallow. Please carry them, for they are overwhelmed by the pain of their grief. Words can not express the depth of their loss or the heartache they feel.

We know you Lord God, are with their dear beloved son / daughter, your heart is overjoyed by him. Their breath is new life in Heaven. Please come and nurture the precious one. Thank you for the hope of eternal life that their child has now received. Lord, you will keep them safe until parents and child meet again. We entrust them into your care now. Amen.

Prayer for grieving mum who lost a child

Dear Father, Your Spirit carries the softness of eternity. You are the fragrance of comfort, you are the enfolding lullaby. Please encircle bereaved mums in their grief. Cocoon her within your arms of love, whisper heavenly truth into her soul and keep each fragment of her broken heart safe. When we are in pieces your presence will keep us. So we lay her in your strong arms Jesus. Come carry her. Watch steadily over her day and night. May she come to know that her beloved child is safe with you. Not lost but found, known and cherished. Amen.

There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are the messengers of overwhelming grief, of deep contrition, and of unspeakable love.

Washington Irving, 1783-1859

How many of us can remember Over the Rainbow from the Wizard of Oz? Most of us can, I am sure, and even today this movie is played annually to remind us that home really is “home, sweet home.” Even with the passing of a beloved child, there is still hope that someday they will see the child again. The lyrics remind us that “Somewhere over the rainbow skies are blue. And the dreams that you dare to dream really do come true and someday, we’ll all “wake up where the clouds are far behind me,” which makes me think of the coming kingdom of heaven when all sorrow, pain, suffering, and even death will be gone and God will wipe away every tear, forever (Rev 21:4). This song about a rainbow might remind of us God’s promise to Noah in sending the rainbow.

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