Third Street Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, led by Rev. Reuben J. Boyd, Jr., hosted a COVID-19 memorial service on March 14, 2021. A church member read the names of people who died during this pandemic year, and I wrote and read the memorial prayer.
For those who lost loved ones, I grieve with you and you remain in my prayers.
The Memorial Prayer
Thank you for your everlasting love, your eternal care, and your endless grace and mercy. Thank you for your omnipresence, even during this pandemic.
We come today mourning the loss of over 500,000 Americans and thousands more worldwide who succumbed to COVID-19. We grieve because behind all of the death numbers are names, stories, families, coworkers, and even neighbors. We also mourn the loss of friends and loved ones who passed away this year of reasons other than COVID-19.
The Bible says, “Blessed are they who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” We ask for comfort. Many people have heavy hearts and bereaved souls. We ask for strength. Strengthen our hearts and minds and lead us to others who can support us as we grieve. You are our refuge and our strength. You are a very present help when we need you. So, for this, we say thank you.
The grief has left some of us hopeless. We ask that you help us find hope in our grief. Many of us have shed so many tears that our eyes are tired. Help us see new hope with our tired eyes.
This pandemic has left many seeking the answer to the question, “Why did this pandemic have to happen?” Others ask, “Why did my loved one have to pass away?” We ask for understanding in our grief. By and by, by and by, you will help us understand it better by and by.
We thank you for allowing us to cast all of our grief and cares on you because we know that you can heal our grief. Thank you for hearing our prayer and answering our prayer. Amen.
Bible Scriptures Referenced in the Prayer
“Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.” Matthew 5:4
“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” Psalm 46:1
“Jesus replied, ‘You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.” John 13:7