Today is my oldest friend's 30th birthday... and it should be such a happy occasion for her... but instead this has without a doubt been the saddest day of her life. Her wonderful father passed away today. He was a great man - so sweet and giving - he will certainly be missed. I know that he will be with her everyday from heaven, but there are going to be a lot of hard times for her in the coming months - and I can't think of anything worse to deal with than losing a parent.
I found a prayer that I said for Mike - so I'd like to share it.
Almighty Father, eternal God, hear our prayers for Your son Mike Graham whom You have called from this life to Yourself. Grant him light, happiness, and peace. Let him pass in safety through the gates of death, and live forever with all Your saints in the light You promised to Abraham and to all his descendants in faith. Guard him from all harm and on that great day of resurrection and reward raise him up with all Your saints. Pardon his sins and give him eternal life in Your kingdom. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.