Gracious God, make your loving touch known to those who are away from family at Christmas. To our military, bring protection and purpose. To our missionaries, bring joy unbounded in your promise. To those estranged, bring healing in their relationships. To those who grieve, bring your peace that passes all understanding. I humbly ask your favor and grace on all. I pray in the precious name and powerful authority of Jesus, whom we celebrate at Christmas, according to your good and perfect will. Amen.

“And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or lands, for my name’s sake, will receive a hundredfold and will inherit eternal life.” (Matthew 19:29 ESV)