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O God, whose ways are not ways of isolation but of love,

give us eyes like the discerning eyes of Jesus,

so we may see those in need of companionship.

And help us take steps

to provide the love and companionship 

that these people need.

In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.

“When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved 

standing beside her, he said to his mother, 

Woman, here is your son.’ Then he said to the disciple, 

'Here is your mother.’ And from that hour the disciple 

took her into his own home.” John 19:26-27 NRSV