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Lord, you bless us with the gift of family. We thank you for the love, strength, and consolation that families give to those who are ill. Turn your loving gaze upon us and protect us each day, and today. May this difficult moment serve to unite the members of this family so that each of us begins to be more concerned about others and becomes capable of more openly showing our love for each other and our faith in you. Lord, accompany us on our journey and bless us with your grace so we feel your closeness and aid as we care for our ill family member(s), and suffer and rejoice with them.