Eternal God, we come to you in prayer today over the empty chairs. We pray with longing for the friends and family who cannot come to the table today and while we give thanks for Zoom and text and phones it's not the same as passing the rolls and hugging them tight. We pray with grief for the chairs that will not be filled when this pandemic is over. We pray for all whom we have lost, 250,000 loved ones in this country, and over a million worldwide. We rage and cry at the unfairness of it all. We stare at empty chairs, and wonder where you are. Remind us, Lord, that you are in the empty chairs, sitting with us in our loneliness, our grief, and our exhaustion. Remind us that you laugh at our jokes, and like our cooking even when it's burned. Remind us that you are with us even now, even today, pouring as much love and strength into us as we can consume. You fill our empty chairs, and you fill our empty hearts. So, holding onto gratitude with our fingernails, we give you thanks, and thanks, and thanks. Amen.