Love hold us steady to what truly matters. When the comforting darkness surrounds us, drawing us closer to one another, may we give thanks, share what we have, and encourage one another in living steadfast to mercy, steadfast in love, and steadfast in generosity through the changes, unsteadiness, and turmoil that is part of life. Wisdom guide us in being steadfast to what truly matters. Giving thanks, may we be even more committed to being reasons for thanksgiving. Rejoicing, may we be even more encouraged to add to this earth's hope and happiness and well-being. The way before us is so very often unknown and often not of our choosing. Let us therefore hold steady to what truly matters and make the way we find ourselves on a way of peace, a way of love, a way of generosity that blesses and renews. Amen.