Lovers of Life may we join together in this and every new day to burst through the door with changes that help and heal, grow hope and generosity, and sustain us in our steadfastness to community, love, and world. Lovers of Life let us not forget the changes demanded of those who have gone before us, the surviving ways that are the thriving ways for all and also unique to each place. When we face discouragement and despair and failure after failure, let us hold on to one another more tightly, dance more boldly, and risk creating hopeful change anyway, knowing that there is no success worthy of the name without failures along the way, and that if we are perishing with things as they are, we lose nothing to risk making things better. Lovers of Life may we live boldly and generously every day, vulnerable and imperfect as we are, loving courageously and risking faithfully to create enough for all. Amen.