We say a prayer of thanks today for those among us
in our community, in our country,
who are living in poverty.
Thank you for the courage of people with no money,
for their resourcefulness and ingenuity,
for the way they show that loving relationships do not depend on income,
for their joy and laughter in difficult circumstances
and for the willingness of those who live with little
to share with anyone who asks,
for they understand the spirit of Christmas.
We ask for help for those among us suffering because of poverty;