Creating and Redeeming God, In you, O Lord, we always seek refuge. You are our rock and our fortress in all times. In your righteousness, deliver us and strengthen us. Because you have redeemed us through your Son Jesus Christ, we are called to reach out to others this day who need to know that you love them and walk beside them in their fear, their illness, and their despair. Strengthen our faith and show us to whom we can share your love. Protect and reveal yourself to our loved ones and our friends and acquaintances. We pray to you in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. Amen.