“O God our Father, today we are remembering all the ways by which you brought us to this present hour, and we thank you for every step of it.
We thank you for every experience which has come to us, because we know that in it and through it all you have been loving us with an everlasting love.
For gladness and for grief; for sorrow and for joy; for laughter and for tears; for silence and for song; We thank you O God.
That you have kept us in our going out and our coming in.
That you have enabled us to do our work, and to earn our living.
For friends who are still closer to us, and for loved ones who are still more dear.
We thank you O God.
And today, as we remember the passing years, we thank you most of all for Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, today and forever. Help us to go on, certain that, as you have blessed the past, so the future is also forever in your hands.
– Prof. William Barclay, Scottish Theologian, 1907-1978