Now we dwell in beauty, and not in ashes alone. Raise our hearts and our hopes in wonder, mercy, and grateful joy and let the breath of peaceful change go to work, invigorating and transforming. Transform our resistances to what is needful and what is good, our troubled mucky, cindery, slightly selfish and sometimes weary hearts so that we can get out of our way and welcome those in need of safe shelter and feed those who are hungry and hold the discussions and pass the laws that make for humane and vibrant pluralist civil societies. Invigorate us through practicing mercy and discovering each and every day reasons for giving whole hearted thanks, the old and familiar ones and the new ones we had not yet considered or experienced. Now we dwell in beauty, and not in ashes alone, and in the ashes we find their own beauty and their own hope and their own usefulness in this great calling we share: to love boldly and to work together in making hope real. Amen.