For All Our Losses

A painting of two people hugging each other to illustrate grief.

For those we miss.
For things long gone.
For those who or what we last held in our arms,
in our hands and in our hearts —
we pray.

We pray for memories to stay strong
Memories of words and warmth,
of actions and stillness.

We pray for Love shared and lived,
Love to remain with us and with them,
for that to become enough.

We pray for the courage to put our feet
on the floor when we wake.
To move through the day as if we cared.

Oh, Love, that holds us all:
hold on to me while I hold on to what I have lost.