How many times have we been surprised and gladdened by the beauty of what endures, what has weathered and known distress and borne through to greener, leafier days and not reflected on the grief to get there! Mercy and Compassion as so many today are going through such painful times, such losses and distresses that there is neither beauty nor peace and hope is hard to find, open our hearts and our hands and our hopes to each other, that we may help one another endure to a greener and leafier day. Sustain us in helping one another mourn and also clean up and rebuild, restore the fields and the homes and the temples and the schools that shelter and feed and teach us and make it easier to create loving community. Sustain us in the long difficult work of these days where pain is overwhelming for so many, and aid us in creating even amidst all this, a little beauty, moments of tenderness, the breaking out of generous laughter that gives each and all a little more heart to carry on. It is too early for those who are going through such painful times and losses and distress today to be able to to hold onto the beauty of what endures. Let us not offer each other hollow words of beauty and the strength that comes out of struggle, but instead do what is needful and will later be cherished: help one another, be kinder than is easy and more generous than seems prudent, and bear one another up and on and through the troubles we know now. Amen.