Bless the wonder of compassion that can bring that which is so very far away right here and now into our hearts. How can we not bow before the tiny miracles of compassion offered and unfolding in troubled alleyways and despairing way stations, upon burning mountains of refuse and in prisons made of fear and of chains? How can we not be amazed at the way two may meet in all their differences, all their assumptions and mistrust, and because each takes what is a faithful risk for themselves, to discover some way they may bring hope and help into this world, mercy changes all? Bless the wonder of compassion that compels us to build refuges and help those fleeing for their lives, seeking to reunite with their families, yearning for a chance to make hope real. Bless the wonder of compassion that calls us to show up night after night when one losing themselves needs reminding that they are loved and they are yet needed, and brought to safer ground. Bless the wonder of compassion that calls us out of what is comfortable to do what is needful, and when we have done what was needed, we give thanks for how we have been called. Bless the wonder of compassion and live faithfully into that blessing, night and day. Amen.