Sunday 23rd June 2019 Merciful God, We pray for the widowed in the challenges they face as they adapt to a different way of life:

for those who struggle with loneliness even when surrounded by family or friends,

for those who struggle with faith in you because the partner whom they loved, and still love, is no longer with them

for those who see tears as a sign of weakness or self-pity.

for those who struggle in cultures where traditions stigmatise widows and deny them rights.

May each one receive grace enough to truly grieve their loss. May there be glimpses of hope that life can still have purpose.

May happy memories be a source of strength. May your loving kindness enfold each one.

In silence we bring to God those widowed known to us personally……… Lord, in your mercy Hear our prayer.