Heavenly Father, we thank you for time to be with family and to enjoy the good things of life. We ask you to bless those who have neither, those who are alone on this day, in prison, in hospital, in travels, in care homes, at service, or living alone. Bless them through us, that we might serve them in some way.

Even more, we remember those who are lonely in their hearts, even though they may be surrounded by people. They lack your presence. Help us to reconcile them to you, that they may be joyful in walking with you.

Some people are melancholy on this happy day. Help them to see the choice they have to be glad, rather than mope. We are grateful that no natural tendency of ours need determine our actions or feelings, because you have given us greater grace.