We thank You for this day that You have made,and we will rejoice and be glad in it.

We thank you for the comfort that You give and the comfort that we give each other to know that we are together – that there are others praying for us and with us.

We pray for those who are grieving, my family and other families, who have known this awful void and this awful pain of a loved one that has gone on.

May our faith be strengthened in these times, and our hope be strengthened in these times to believe that beyond this valley of sorrow and tears, there is a better day; there is a new tomorrow; there is a brighter day; and, this passing through this wilderness for a few years is a moment, as weighed against eternity.

As we pass through this valley of sorrow, we pray that, even while we grieve, we may indeed be givers that we might still be healers – wounded healers even as You were.

As being wounded healers, there is a joy that comes to us in these times because we’re doing Your will. We are imbued with Your spirit and presence.

It strengthens us. We look forward to this day.

Give us a safe trip across the airways. Wherever they are coming from in whatever city they will gather, give everybody a safe trip to and fro.

We look forward to this day, believing that this is the day that You made and We will rejoice and be glad in it.

Amen. May you be blessed and be a blessing.

Rev. Dr. Herbert Daughtry is the National Presiding Minister of The House of the Lord Churches. He said this prayer at the funeral of his younger brother, Jacob Samuel Daughtry, and Carla Marie Sorey-Reed transcribed it.

Rev. Daughtry offered it to provide comfort and hope to people going through the same experience.