Holy and wonderful is the adventure of our lives, with all the muckiness and sweat and discouragement and sacrifice and suffering that any adventure entails. May we remember that in our difficult times, as we meet challenges and pain, as we make mistakes or fall or find ourselves so weary we can barely remember to breathe. Lover of Life, help us remember through our difficult times and through our good ones, the adventure of caring, of loving, of making merciful justice real, of growing healthy, vibrant communities, of nurturing the earth, of bearing hope and healing and respite into the awfulness that others are now enduring. Lover of Life, teach us to love the muckiness and messiness, for that is where we live and grow, to love the sweat shed for good purposes, to hold on through discouragement and sacrifice and suffering, and to flower through all of this with kindness, with generosity, with love that revives and renews every day. Holy and wonderful is the adventure of our lives. May we embark today upon it once again, ready for the trials, ready for the celebrations, ready to live steadfast to our principles, to love's challenging and changing ourselves and this world. Amen.