Blessed indeed are the bearers of hope, those who will not keep the stars for themselves, who will not hold back today’s love for fear of what tomorrow will bring. Most Merciful and Most Compassionate you show us that hope is not for ourselves alone, a thing we can store up and trust for our own personal sustenance and support. You show us through kindness to strangers, through sacrifices for love, through living mercifully and generously how hope grows stronger in the giving, in the loving, in the kind living for and with others, for and with this world. Blessed indeed are the bearers of hope; may I learn from them and travel always among their number. Amen.