Beloved, when we lay our burdens down to rest at the end of a long night or a long day or a series of long nights or a series of long days, may we lay our burdens down truly and breathe in the garden of wonderment and gladness of being. Beloved, when we shed what is unnecessary and let go of the burdens we no longer need to carry - grudges and fossilized arguments and resentments and boredom and a driving sense of not being worthy or enough in the measurement of social worth -- when we we set down the burdens and shed them, may we be joyfully surprised in the newness and hopeful possibilities of each night and each day, of what we can actually do and how loving and generous and brave and just and merciful we can actually be. Beloved, is this dwelling in the garden of life, cultivating lovingkindness and hope, appreciating the blessings we know and gladly giving the ones we can offer? When we lay our burdens down to rest, may we dwell in such a garden of joy, a garden of peace, a garden of hopeful possibilities that our hearts are renewed and readied for a new day. Amen.