As Christians, we pray for many reasons. That’s why we have saints that we call on for various– and even mundane– reasons!
During times of loss, such as when a beloved pet dies or gets lost, prayer can offer that much-needed comfort and healing. You might say a private prayer for your furry friend… but some would prefer to celebrate their pet’s life and pray with others. (IN PHOTOS: The Most Adorable Costumes Made for Pets)
Here are three prayers that can offer you some solace during this time of loss.
Prayer for the Death of a Pet
O Lord our God, we come before You this day in sadness. (Pet’s name), who brought us so much joy in life, has now died. (His/Her) happy times in our family’s embrace have come to an end. We miss (pet’s name) already.
Help us, O God, to remember the good times with (pet’s name). Remind us to rejoice in the happy times (he/she) brought to our home. Let us be thankful for the good life we were blessed to give to (him/her).
We are grateful to You, God, for creating (pet’s name), for entrusting (him/her) to our care, and for sustaining (him/her) in our love for a measure of time. We understand that all that lives must die. We knew that this day would come. And yet, O God, we would have wanted one more day of play, one more evening of love with (pet’s name).
O God, as we have taken care of (pet’s name) in life, we ask that You watch over (him/her) in death. You entrusted (pet’s name) to our care; now, we give (him/her) back to You. May (pet’s name) find a happy new home in Your loving embrace.
As we remember (pet’s name), may we love each other more dearly. May we care for all Your creatures, for every living thing, as we protected the blessed life of (pet’s name). May (his/her) memory bless our lives with love and caring forever. Amen.
Prayer for a Dying pet
Dear Lord, as I grieve the loss of my pet
My constant companion, my wonderful friend
Give me sweet glimpses of heavenly grace
Of life in renewal and the wonder you’ve made.
Comfort my heart with deep memories
Of intimate bonds of dwelling with them.
Calm all my thoughts, they are safe in your arms,
Eternity has room for their precious hearts.
Help me to give thanks for the joy that they’ve been
Soften my sadness, come stay close to me.
Prayer for Lost Pets
Blessed are you, Lord God, for all living creatures you have made.
You keep them in your care and not one of them is lost without you knowing.
They glorify you, each in its own way, and speak to us of your beauty and love.
Bless them and keep them from harm.
They unquestionably accept their place in the rhythm of your creation.
May we respect them and cherish them for they are your gift to us;
through them may we come to know you better and praise you, their Creator.
Blessed be the love and joy that they bring to us. Amen.