As Thanksgiving approaches, help me remember to pray for those who are looking toward the holidays while hurting and grieving. Help me grieve my own losses, too.

Many people have slipped away. Some have been forced to go. Some have chosen to leave. Some have lived brief lives and others very long ones.

Comfort us directly in our losses. Renew love. Replenish strength. Be gracious by supplying our needs according to your immeasurable wealth.

You give good things. You give us each other. Help us to cultivate relationships with those that we love despite distance, despite death. Grant that we might still be grateful for as much as possible.

Be good to us so that we turn toward you, in every way, and find you grieving and loving with us.

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