Beloved, my soul treks out in search for you, wondering how it is that we can live so quietly with injustice, wondering how it is that mercy and kindness with all its rewards is so absent from much public life. In our hours of alienation, grant us the courage and the commitment to change, to find our neighbor in that stranger over there, to be with the imprisoned and know they too belong, to be with the brokenhearted and distressed and day by day and night by night find a different way ahead. May we understand that our laws are the expressions of our collective hearts, and may we make merciful and loving ones. May we understand through our own fears that others are also afraid, and hold out our hearts and hands to one another through those fears until mercy prevails. May we understand we belong to one another and to this earth, and so remember in each breath and at every challenge and each distraction that we are called to care. Beloved, my soul treks out in search for you, and finds you right here. May we remember we already belong and the love that asks us to show up every night and every day. Amen.