Loving Lord, I grieve for the loss of my own dear brother, and as I consider the passing of time and all that has happened between us over the years, it makes me increasingly aware of the frailty of our humanity and the speed with which our mortal life is racing past.
I do thank You for the special times I had with my brother, but his loss has been a sort of wake-up call to me, and my sadness at losing someone so close to me, who was equally a special life-long friend, is tinged with the realisation that all life is incredibly fragile and fleeting, and the brief span of time that we all have is so transient, and needs to be valued and not taken so much for granted.
Lord, help me to number my days and make the best use of every minute that I have left. Help me also to value the friends and relations that I have, for none of us know the day or the hour of our own death. Lord, I know that I am going to miss my brother, but I thank You that one day we will stand together before Your throne of grace. But until that day, I pray that I may live my life in a way that is honouring to You. This I ask in Jesus' name,