Lover of Life you know the sorrows of the world, the sorrows of each heart, the sorrows of the earth, and yet you love steadily and you love on. Out of our own grief and troubles, lead us in growing more loving and growing more kind. When we are fearful for this world or for ourselves, go with us out into the cities and fields to end the violence, to sow seeds of compassion, to make the way of peace open to all. And when our sorrows leave us weary, grant us renewal in these quiet times with you, in the breath of wonder at the storm-flattened flower that yet opens when the sun rises again. Amen.