Beloved, bless the steadfast of heart, and bless the rest of us, that we may discover today a little more of how to be steadfast to our faithful promises by leaning into the difficult places. Bless us and show us in those moments of great vulnerability calling for great courage, when we would rather turn aside than live mercifully, when we would rather shut up the gates of our heart than be loving, when we would rather be content with what we know than discover we still have much to learn, show us just how to keep keeping on to fulfill our promises. Beloved, bless the steadfast of heart, and bless the rest of us, who aspire to such steadfastness. Bless us and help us stay true to the multitude of blessings only we can usher into being. Bless us and help us stay true to the multitude of blessings that are up to us and in our charge to care for and multiply or to fritter or lock away. Bless us and help us stay true to the courageous heart we need for every day, to show up and labor steadfastly for goodness' sake. Amen.