For none of us lives to himself, and none of us dies to himself. For if we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord. So then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s. For to this end Christ died and lived again, that he might be Lord both of the dead and of the living. (Rom 14:7-9 ESV)
Almighty God and gracious Father. Your ways are beyond our understanding. In your hidden wisdom hopes can be turned from joy to grief. In your mercy, revealed to us in you son Jesus, lead us to pray your will be done. And find comfort in your deliverance from the evil one who afflicts us even in our very members. In Christ, the Lord of the living and the dead, we await the final revelation at the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come. Amen.