When fear fences us in, beats us back, and diminishes us, Beloved grant us refuge and sustain us in risking creating refuge for others. When we are broken up and broken apart and broken down, Beloved grant us the help of others to pick up the pieces, to remake a loving and lovely life, to carry on with courage to create a better day. When rage burns beyond recognition and cindery, all we know how to do is spark, Beloved grant us a cooling cup of compassion from a true friend that waters and restores our soul, greening once again. Beloved, all our lives challenges will confront us and often enough seem to overtake us, hauling us away from our faith, our promises, our hopes, our gifts, our dreams. When this happens, may we meet abiding kindness that restores. And when it is our neighbors overtaken by awfulness, may we be the cupbearers that carry what is needful and what is good. Amen.