O God, our Creator,
all life is in your hands from conception until death.
Help us to cherish our children
and to reverence the awesome privilege of our share in creation.
May all people live and die in dignity and love.
Bless all those who defend the rights of the unborn,
the handicapped and the aged.
Enlighten and be merciful toward those who fail to love,
and give them peace.
Let freedom be tempered by responsibility,
integrity and morality.