Lover of Life, may we remember the promise of compassion as we meet cruelty and indifference. Remembering that promise, may we be more compassionate than seems either easy or possible. Lover of Life, may we remember the promises of love as we meet infidelity and untruthfulness, disregard and disrespect. Remembering those promises of love, may we hold those we meet with great love, accountable to better deeds and better dreams and better hearts than what they have been demonstrating. Lover of Life, may we remember the promises of peace as we meet discord and maliciousness and violence of many names and ways. Remembering the promises of peace, may we find and create ways together to end the violence, stop the bullying, and bring one another together again in creative and constructive community. Lover of Life, we have these faithful promises we have made, these promises we share, these dreams worth living to fulfill. Remembering those promises, may we bring them into being with all our hearts, hopes, and hands. Amen.