Merciful God, if not for you we would remain lost in sin and confusion. We give you thanks for your extravagant grace and mercy that frees us from sin and calls us into a loving relationship with you and with others. As we enter into our work this day, may our lives shine with the love that you shower on us. May we open our hearts to the needs of others and respond with your grace and mercy to feel their pain, their anguish, and walk with them to support them. Hold us in your loving arms even as a mother holds her baby. In the name of your Son, or Savior we pray. Amen.