My humble Swede died early this morning. His wife and one of his sons were with him. I came over and we did the service for "Comforting the Bereaved" from the Occasional Services Handbook. His wife especially liked the scripture from John 10. But I also thought of these verses, and I'd like to share them with everyone today:
Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace,
according to thy word;
For mine eyes have seen thy salvation:
which thou hast prepared before the face of all people;
A light to lighten the Gentiles:
and the glory of thy people Israel.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost,
as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end.
(from the red SBH, the Nunc Dimittus)
This is the closing prayer I wrote for our advent services:
O God, who called forth light out of darkness, who made the sun and moon and stars, come to us in the darkness of night and in the midst of our grieving, and give us hope for your new day. Come to us in the darkness of night and in the midst of our loneliness, and give us the joy of new life. Come to us in the darkness of night and in the midst of our fears, and show us the face of your Son; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, God forever. Amen