Love equip us to endure and to thrive. There are so many long and difficult seasons for many of us, so many obstacles, challenges, trials, and tribulations. Love teach us when to be patient and when to be impatient, how to encourage each other for goodness and how to keep up our spirits when we ourselves are flagging. Wake us to inspiration from the world in which we live, from the flowers that bore on through the winter and from the individuals and communities making hope real. Love equip us to endure and to thrive. Wake us to thanksgiving, to generosity, to wonderment in every day and how these three practices dance together and weave spirit and body, community and family together. Love equip us to endure and to thrive, in this and in every day. Amen.