We rejoice with all your beloved children
who took their first steps today;
may their families and friends
love, nurture, and protect them;
may we create a society
in which they are cared for well.
We remember all your beloved children
who took their final steps today;
may they already be received into your nearer presence
where pain is no more and all tears are wiped away;
may those who mourn receive comfort and support
as they walk this shadowed valley.
We pray in the name of your Beloved Child Jesus,
the itinerant preacher who proclaimed and lived your love.