Lover of Life, we give thanks for the seasoned ones in our lives, the folks who offer us savor and genuine graciousness and nutty stories that carry us out of a rough valley and into an easier day. We give thanks for the ones who seek wisdom out, gather it in, accrete and accumulate it bit by bit, and salt and store it away, only to share that wisdom out in little bits when we need it most. We give thanks for the ones who guide us by loving us wholly, by holding us accountable and encouraging us to risk faithfully, by risking vulnerability and love with us because they know that's how we make what matters real. Lover of Life, we give thanks for the seasoned ones in our lives, and hope that we may join their number, beginning with our yesterdays and our now. Amen.