Dear Lord, send your blessings on those living in long-term healthcare facilities and nursing homes. When the days become long give the residents patience. When their roommates become a source of irritation, give them inner peace that lets then rise above the annoyance. When there seems to be so little cheer, give them the hope and peace that your Word alone can give. Bless your Word in the hearts of the residents and compensate for the physical abilities you have taken away with a rich measure of spiritual strength and joy. We ask this in your name, you who live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, world without end.