O God who looks down upon us and came among us, we ask your blessing upon our dearest family members and friends, and upon those who are far from us in distance and spirit, that you might be near, whatever comes. With you beside them, they will have nothing to fear. May their confidence in you be strong and unmixed with doubt. Permit that they, through your intimate words of Scripture, your ear close to their mouths, and your people surrounding them, keep before them your pure goodness and your infinite power, always working in them, through them, and above them, by the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.