O God, you created all people in your image.
We thank you for the stories that fill this country. 
The ancient and the new. 
Stories that change us
stories that save us
stories that bring us together.
Enrich our lives by giving us ears to hear
and hearts to share.
Reveal to us your presence in these stories
until our knowledge of your love is made perfect
in our love for all of your children.
Through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.