Beloved, when it is easier for us to narrow our perceptions, to make assumptions, to categorize people and places into neat and tidy boxes of heart-hardening supposition, help us resist and refuse to accept that easy path. Help us find the courage you have already given us to move beyond stereotypes and prejudice, to travel the more difficult path of actually knowing one another in our unfinished, vulnerable, fragile, imperfect, inconsistent selves. In so doing, may we reach across the distance of how we are right now to that more generous and gracious self we ourselves could be, and are not yet, as we are also unfinished, vulnerable, fragile, imperfect, and inconsistent, still learning, still failing, still faltering, still growing, still trying in each and every day. Beloved, help us refuse the easy boxes that make life so much more difficult, that prevent us from working together, that hold us back from learning something new, that keep us from fulfilling our calling to love boldly, to live generously, to be compassionate neighbors and caregivers for this earth, to create a mercifully just world, and to create together all that goodness we cannot do by ourselves, or separated into narrowed communities, boxed away from each other and our gifts by heart-hardened suppositions. Beloved, you call us to turn into a better way, one more complicated and sometimes frightening to pursue. May we have the courage and the faith and the love to do so, making that choice over and over many times every day, until the habit of doing so has broken open our chained hearts and healed our hurting souls. Amen.