Lord, bless our friends today we pray,
Wherever they may be
And help them as they go their way,
To keep their trust in Thee.Lord, hear each prayer they raise to Thee,
And dry each falling tear;
And hover over them constantly,
For treasured friends are dear.
Surround them with Thy mercy,
Lord, protect them by Thy power;
And let them feel Thy presence,
Lord, in every lonely hour.
Stand by them when the road is steep,
And no one seems to care
Thy arm of love around them keep,
And whisper you are there.
And give them strength to bear the cross,
As through this vale they go
And stand by them in every loss,
That they meet here below.
And when at last the hour shall be,
That life's short journey ends
Or, let them lean the more on Thee,
And comfort these, our friends.
And open heaven's gate, dear Lord,
And let them enter there
For heaven will be heaven,
Lord, because our friends are there.