|Lovely gifts from my friend and her sister as I prepare to go to seminary.|
Blessed Redeemer, we come before your altar with thanksgiving today. We cast all of our cares upon You, and rejoice in all the blessings You have given us!
Sanctify us by your Word and sacraments that we may be led by Your Spirit to serve You with each breath. Calm the storms that rage within and without, and give us peace this day. Give us the grace to clasp hands of love and friendship around your table, that we may embrace each other fully.
May our hearts rise to You in gratitude and joy for your lovingkindness and mercy, and may we go and do likewise. Precious Lord, remember the prayers of those who seek your aid, and give them comfort and peace.