Breathe, and open our hearts, friends and strangers, to one another, to this earth, to the ideals of equity and mercy and freedom that call us night and day. Breathe, and open our hearts, friends and strangers, to the wonders of compassion, to kindness that heals and encourages and waters and renews the weary and bears hope steadily on. Breathe, and open our hearts, friends and strangers, to the joy of generosity, to the graciousness that gives through service, through presence, through listening, through caring, through playing, through seeking, through creating, through working together in making lives that matter and a world for now and the future. Breathe, and open or hearts, friends and strangers, to the beauty of courageous vulnerability, to needing one another, to continual learning, to helping one another, to holding together through trial and through celebration, to whole-hearted living. Breathe, and open our hearts, friends and strangers, to this life we share, to this life where we belong simply by being here now, to this life in which we have much to give, much to receive, much to learn, much to teach, much to do, and much to celebrate. Alleluia for this life. Alleluia, indeed! Amen.