Dear Heavenly Father,
We are truly thankful for the blessings
of this past tumultuous year.
We are certainly glad the election is
We hope thou wilt soften the hearts
of all Americans. Help us pursue peace,
and desire prosperity and contentment
for all of our citizens regardless of their
political or religious persuasion.
Several of our relatives and friends have
passed away this year. We mourn with
those who mourn.
It has become most evident to us that
nearly everyone on earth cannot escape
struggling from time to time. We realize
that nearly every person on earth carries
wounds. They deserve our compassion
and concern, and the healing balm which
only thou art able to give them.
Help us to rely more on thee in the
coming year. Let the new year be
well with all our souls.
In the name of the one who truly cares
for each of us, even Jesus Christ.