Merciful Father, when the outcome of the day seems grim, remind us that what is unknown is unknown to all but you. We ask for your mercy for those who are weary and sick at heart today. We ask for your divine compassion for those who live with fear or agony in body or spirit. We ask for your quiet presence, comfort and strength for those who are grieving or in harm’s way. But most of all, dear Lord, we pray that though the end of the day is unknown, the world and all those whom we meet this day will know that you are here. You are present. And you demonstrate your reconciling, redeeming compassion and mercy through those who love and serve you as disciples of Christ. In Christ we trust, in him we hope, in him we act as those who know that this day, O Lord, is yours. AMEN.