3 Ways to Pray for the Children of Phillip Seymour Hoffman

3 Ways to Pray for the Children of Phillip Seymour Hoffman

A young father.


Found dead.


In an apartment in New York City.



An apparent drug overdose.



One chilly morning in 1968 I very suddenly became a child whose young father was found dead in an apartment in New York City, of an apparent drug overdose. Too young to understand what had happened, I spent my childhood covering up the “d” word, deceased, on every school or medical form that requested “Father’s Information.” And it wasn’t until my adulthood that I learned the truth of how he died. It was devastating, even then.



On Sunday morning that role was assumed by Cooper, Tallulah, and Willa Hoffman, the three elementary-age children of Phillip Seymour Hoffman. 



You can make a huge difference in their lives. Here’s how:



Pray that they know and understand the circumstances of their father’s death long before they overhear others talking about it.



Pray that they will find it easy to remember great things about him and fun things they did together so that the four things most reported by the media aren’t the only things they recall.



Pray that they know God as a father to the fatherless.   “A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling.” Psalm 68:5







Sherry Boykin

Sherry Boykin, the founder of Faith and Tales, is a storyteller and chronic believer in the power of faith narratives to change lives. She uses biblical and personal accounts to help women move beyond their obstacles, glean fresh perspectives on life, and to live differently as a result. Her experiences in urban and suburban ministries, Peruvian Amazon jungle missions, long-term singleness, marriage and family, and men's dorm-living shape her life and provide a colorful backdrop from which to share the Word of God. Sherry is the author of But-Kickers: Growing Your Faith Bigger Than Your But and she has been interviewed for articles in Time, The New York Times, and Better Homes and Gardens.

This Post Has 8 Comments

  1. Wow, Sherry. I had no idea. Thank you for this very caring post. I will definitely pray. And now I know how.

  2. I very much appreciate your compassionate heart and practical suggestions on how to pray for these children!

  3. Bobbie Purcell-Clark

    Such practical and God-led insight, thanks Sherry.

  4. Jo Ann Walczak

    Powerful, Sherry, because it is your life too.

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