Gracious and Almighty God, life and death are in your hands. Father, we trust you. We praise you for all your attributes that show you to be all powerful and all loving and perfectly just, in the name and authority of Jesus, according to your good and perfect will. Amen.

“Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created.” (Revelation 4:11 ESV)