O Lord, Our God, thank you for being with us in the cold, gray days of winter. In a world where everything seems to be changing almost daily, you are always the same with us. You wrap us in your arms of care.
Teach us to rely less upon ourselves and more upon you. Turn our hearts toward your salvation, and to follow in the way of your Son, Jesus. Reveal to us the emptiness of life when it is not built upon the foundation of your wisdom. Redeem us from our false dreams, our idols, and selfish desires.
Care for the sick with your healing spirit. Comfort our friends who grieve at the loss of loved ones. Guide the leaders of our nation into pathways truth. Instill in us a devotion to the poor and hungry of our city and the world. Make us generous and gracious and care.
Let our stewardship of life be acceptable in your sight. Keep us from thoughts and deeds that would derail our lives, and strengthen us for living truly and making sacrifices to love. Help us be aware of your presence in all that we do.
Let our time with you transform and invigorate us in all we say and do. We pray in the name of Jesus, Amen.