Mercy of Mercies, how easy it is to be distracted and stopped by our biases and our fears! Though we may be trembling, though we may want easier answers, though we may want to flee, Mercy of Mercies guide us to living steadfastly, open-heartedly, vulnerably, courageously, and lovingly all our days. Mercy of Mercies help us learn when to attend to the harsh words and judgments of others and when to let those be, how to discern what we need to learn and what we need to do for faith, for hope, and for love. Mercy of Mercies lend us the courage to be bold enough to comfort those in need, to be steady companions to one another as we go through hard times, and to rejoice with one another when we have endured and a new star shines from our hearts. Mercy of Mercies, turn us away from the distractions caused by our biases and fears. Help us to remove the barriers we have created from them, and welcome us to living steadfastly, open-heartedly, vulnerably, courageously, and lovingly all our days. Amen.