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The return in safety, this day, of the beloved members of our household calls for especial praise.

O God, You have been with them in their going forth and coming in.

From every danger You have been pleased to screen them.

Many accidents might have imperiled or destroyed their lives, or filled them with disabling pains.

Sorrow might now have been our bitter cup.

But with joy we welcome them as preserved by Your watchful care.

Accept the thanks which we devoutly bring.

May this arrival remind us that soon we shall rest from all departures and returns.

When life's short day is passed, give us to sit down forever amid the glories of Your redeemed.