By Stephen W. Hiemstra
Blessed Lord Jesus,
Comfort those who are alone:
alone with their grief,
alone in their pain,
alone with their anguish,
alone in their poverty,
alone with memories of years past and no one to share them with.
Thank you for the example of someone who cared about lonely people.
Be especially present in the lives of those who are alone today.
Bring new voices, new faces, and helping hands into their lives.
In the power of your Holy Spirit, open our hearts to those around us.
That we might truly be sons and daughters of one father.
In your name we pray, amen.