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Submitted by Rev. Dr. Della O. McKinnon, Greenleaf Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore, we will not fear, though the earth should change.” Psalms 46: 1-2a (NRSV)

Dear heavenly Father, we thank you for your grace and your mercy. We thank you for your loving kindness that you show towards your people.  God, you are our refuge!

Lord, we thank you for being a very present help in times of trouble.  You will never leave us nor with you ever forsake us.  You are present, even in this pandemic; you are present, in our frustration; in death, you are present; in isolation you are present; and in our suffering, you are present.  Even when we complain about being sheltered in place, you will not leave us, and when we fail to commune with you during this period of stay at home. God, you are our strength.

Thank you for being a present God—a very present help in a changing world. We will not fear because you have given us power, love, and a sound mind. 

Thank you for not forsaking us when we have not kept all your commandments and followed all your precepts.  Forgive us for we have sinned against you. Though we do not deserve it, there is nothing that will separate us from your love. Thank you for not turning your back on us, even when we turn away from you.  Your countenance has shined upon us, your goodness and mercy follow those who love you. 

We are grateful for your being a very present help in our time of troubles. We glorify Your name. We bless Your Holy name. We give You thanks. In the mighty name of Jesus Christ.  Amen.