Gracious and loving God, you are “our refuge and strength and a very present help in trouble.” We thank you for upholding us and giving us support during these days of illness and death of so many people throughout the world. We thank you for your love which communicates to each of us how much you love all people, and how you grieve with us at the death of anyone. We cannot deny the reality of all the problems this pandemic has brought to our world, but you, O Lord, revives our hope and gives us faith to walk in the power of your love. We rejoice in your presence, and the strength you provide. May we reach out to support and strengthen someone else who is suffering or fearful this day. We give you thanks that you continue to be our refuge in every storm of life. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.