By Stephen W. Hiemstra
For marking the seasons of our lives in meaning and honor, we offer our praise and give you the glory.
We confess that we often treat life as one continuous and burdensome moment, like a sleepless night, when the passage of time has no meaning and our anxieties run wild.
Forgive us for refusing to rest and be joyful for the many gifts that you have given us, from life itself to simple things like enjoying a rainbow or a snowflake.
Still, we give thanks that you for the forgiveness that you offer in Jesus Christ, who lived a perfect life, died on the cross, and rose from the dead to set us free.
In the power of your Holy Spirit, show us how to mark the time aright, honoring its passage, and rejoicing with all creation that we are your sons and daughters.
In Jesus’ precious name, Amen
Prayer for Closure
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