As we begin this day, Loving God, may we seek to serve those we meet. Help us to learn this and everyday and experience your creation in new ways. May we recognize when our gifts, skills, and our wealth can be used to benefit others and act upon those times with love and compassion. May we give others the grace we hope to receive. Allow us to be patient, especially during this time of year that is so often filled with stress. May we find peace when we are in positions that we find challenging and be feel your presence during those times. All this we ask in the name of a God who forgives, heals and redeems. Amen.