Man of sorrows, acquainted with grief,
we pray for our brothers and sisters who mourn.
We pray for each one who feels the keen grief that death can bring,
You have told us that death is not the end of life,
that beyond the grave is the resurrection,
yet you wept at the side of a grave,
you understand our grief.
Strengthen those who mourn.
We pray for our brothers and sisters
who are shut off from the rest of society
by their color or their accent.
If we are part of their trouble,
help us to correct what lies in our power to correct.
We pray for each one who is in pain
because of sickness or injury.
You knew pain so deep and intense
that you thought the heavenly Father had forgotten you.
Be the light for those who are in the valley of the shadows.
you have called us to represent you
in compassion with your brothers and sisters who mourn.
You have done your part;
help us to do ours.
Andrew W Blackwood Jr, 1882-1966, Presbyterian pastor and professor
He was despised and rejected by mankind,
a man of suffering, and familiar with pain.
Like one from whom people hide their faces
he was despised, and we held him in low esteem.