Love, in the darkness steady us as we light lamps of hope and hold them for one another, as we help one another, as we call out in our need and are answered, as we turn and answer another's cry. Love open our hearts when we would bar them shut and grant us the courage we need to be vulnerable, to risk faithfully, to live generously. Love open our minds when we would refuse to know our neighbor, when we are too comfortable in our own suppositions, when demonization is so much more tempting than meeting and making peace. Love steady us and let our lives be lamps of hope for one another, now and always. Amen.