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1 Kings 19:1-4, (5-7) 8-15a; Psalms 42 and 43; Galatians 3:23-29; Luke 8:26-39
Lord, you sustain us in our greatest times of need. You provide us with guidance when we are lost. When we want to run far away, you are still there, waiting for us. You give us hope when our souls yearn for comfort.
Thank you for holding us together communally and individually when we are failing. We are all one in Christ Jesus because you love us. In you we can cast aside our differences and our divisions and live in your promise that you will always be with us.
Please give comfort and peace to those we know who are grief stricken over the loss of a friend and family member. For the people whom we don’t know personally who have lost a beloved child or brother or sister or friend in the Orlando tragedy, heal their pain in time. Protect and instruct us as we try to make the world a safe place for all. We want to be like Jesus and sometimes we just don’t know how.
Be with those who await medical test results or for a round of treatment to heal their bodies. We thank you for science and medical teams that can give us good health. Give peace of mind to those who are struggling with serious illness and bless them as they look to you and to doctors for healing.
The beauty of the earth and heavens reflect your majestic palette. We want to honor you by taking care of these gifts. We praise you for creating the world in such splendor and for giving us the means to preserve it.
Watch over us as we go out into our week of work and play and caring for one another. Amen.