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A Prayer For Those Facing Death

Those who face life threatening illnesses, and their loved ones, at some point need to consider offering up to God, not a plea for a miracle cure, but a prayer of gratitude for the gift of life. And at all times it is appropriate to release a loved one into the hands of God. For those approaching what may be the end of life, I offer this:

God of compassion and love,
you have breathed into us the breath of life
and have given us minds and bodies in which we live out
our days on earth.

For the gift of life, we are grateful.

We humbly acknowledge that there is a time to live,
and a time to die.

We commit this life* to you,
trusting in your gracious promises and
confident in the sure and certain hope of new
life in the world to come.

Into your hands we commit our beloved.
May your will be done!

In the good and gracious name of Christ,
we pray. Amen.

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The Rev. Charles P. Henderson is a Presbyterian minister and author of Faith, Science and the Future, published in 1994 by CrossCurrents Press. He is also the author of God and Science (John Knox / Westminster, 1986) which he is now rewriting to incorporate more recent developments in the conversation taking place between scientists and theologians. He has also written widely for such publications as The New York Times, The Nation, Commonweal, The Christian Century and others.

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