On this Christmas Eve, may the joys and mystery of your love abound for all who are anxious, depressed, or ill. Get close to them who find this season a source of pain or grief. Embrace with your tender care all who wander alone or have no place to lay their head, so they may experience the hope of Christ. Strengthen family ties of love and commitment, so they may delight in the joy of the Savior. Open hearts to your presence, that we may be transformed by the new birth. Amen.