Dear Heavenly Father, we thank you for this beautiful day. We thank thank you for the sunlight and the warmth it brings. We thank you most of all for your Son, Jesus Christ, the light of the world. As our Lord and Savior, He warms our hearts and lights our path. We thank you for the peace He brings to our lives and for the strength He gives to our spirit.
We are mindful that not everyone is experiencing His peace and strength today. Some do not yet know Him or the comfort He brings. Others do know Him, but they find themselves desperately clinging to Him as they face persecution, tragedy and loss today. May we reach out to them all, extending help and hope just as Christ has reached out and extended help and hope to us. May we be beacons of lights and ambassadors of the saving grace that Christ so freely offers. May we prove to be your faithful servants in all that we do. Strengthen us in our faith. Help us to honor the sacrifice of our Risen Lord. In His name we pray. Amen.