As we, the family and loved ones of Bradyn, gather to remember him and say our goodbyes, we do so in unrelenting mourning and sorrow. We are confused and hurt, desperate and empty. We ask questions that seem to have no answers. And we long for comfort in the midst of this chaos.
So we turn to You in our piercing grief. We turn to You trusting that Bradyn is not only with You, but that he is more alive now than he has ever been. We despair and mourn for our loss, but we also know that this is not our final goodbye, for someday we will see him again in Your presence as we worship You together with him.
By raising from the dead, Your Son Jesus announced to our broken and desperate world that even though our lives our fragile, another kingdom awaits where death does not reign, where tears are wiped away, and where love never has to say goodbye.
So, Father, we look to You now as One who once lost Your own Son. We look to you as One who knows the sting of our anguish and weeps with us. But we also look to You as the only One who can heal our hurting hearts. We mourn deeply. But we mourn in hope.