Gracious Lord, we have benefited so abundantly under the shelter of your wings. In your care we find that you are a God who is trustworthy and loving. Other things compete for our security – homes, families, prospects, gods, but these cannot compare to you, your steadfast love is matchless. Yet often we sit listless, numbed by sin, but your kindness has not forsaken the living or the dead. Another has brought your overflowing blessing home to us, namely Christ. His faithfulness has ignited our hope, for he has done everything for us, bringing life in abundance. So we rejoice in Christ our hope and peace.