For you, for all readers of this web page:
We still need and seek comfort, which helps us deal with our loss. The following is a possibility, as it makes sadness and comfort perceptible for anyone who reads it.
Prayer of comfort – Psalm 23
And so I pray, The Lord is my shepherd, yet I feel so miserable and abandoned.
And I continue to pray, I shall not want; and I know: This individual, Andreas, I will miss. Nobody can replace his love, and I will miss him all my life. And I continue to pray, He makes me lie down in green pastures; he leads me beside quiet waters. And I think to myself, if God is planning a future for me, I do not yet see it. But if one day I might breathe again with relief, I thank him. So I continue, He restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. And I think that in my grief I am tested, but I wonder: For whom is this sadness? Do you cry because you have lost someone, or do you cry because that someone lost his life? But has he?
And in my questions, I pray, Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, and grief is such a valley, I will fear no evil; and I will not be ashamed of my feelings – for you are with me; even if my way leads to the cemetery and my home has become emptier.
Your rod and your staff, they comfort me. And I pray with new certainty, You prepare a table before me, I then think of the next meal – where a place will be empty – and my prayer continues, in the presence of my enemies; my grief has taught me how unimportant and groundless my hostilities are, so I thank this grief that frees me from existing enmities.
You anoint my head with oil, my cup overflows. Yes you, Lord, transform my pain into maturity. Surely goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life; You, Lord, accompany my life wherever it leads. …and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.
I have my home with you.