Until I can find my words, my friends Denise and Julie and Patty have written about our tragic loss.

By the gracious mercy of God, our family survived without so much as an injury.  I can’t stop thanking him for preserving the lives of our children.

We rejoice with you today at the Word made flesh and we cling to Him, through whose suffering we have  forgiveness and life.

Lord, have mercy.  Christ, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.

Merciful Father, You know how difficult these days are for us.  In Your holy Word, You have promised to hear those who cry unto You in the day of trouble.  Listen to our cries for mercy and send help from the sanctuary of Your grace.

Preserve us from bitterness of spirit, and rescue us from every temptation to despair.   Calm our frustrations with the knowledge that our life is secure in Your redeeming love, for we are baptized into the death and resurrection of Your Son.   Draw us out of self centered worry, which stifles faith, and cause us to take comfort in the Gospel.   Sustain and strengthen us under every cross and affliction, that Your grace might be made perfect in our weakness.

Give us confidence to pray without losing heart and to trust in Your mighty deliverance according to Your good and gracious will.

Father, into Your hands we commend ourselves.    Hear us, for the sake of Your Son, who alone is our Brother and Savior.


*prayer taken from the Lutheran Prayer Book

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