Beloved, as the morning stretches around the globe and as we stretch back to reach the morning, to touch sunlight as it touches us, to revel in the break of day and the blessing of being, let us take comfort from the embrace of this new day. Ease the pain of those who wake to great grief and great hurting, and help us do all we can to bear comfort, to be present to those mourning and hurting. Help us together find a way to join the morning song, to attend to gladness even while we have our troubles near. Beloved, in this and in every morning, may we take comfort in the goodness that is, and recommit ourselves once again to doing our best to add to life's blessing of the world today. The morning stretches toward us and we toward it. May we be glad in the welcome of this new day. Amen.