Merciful Wisdom each morning when we wake may our hearts wake to wonder and gladness, gratitude and good-will, facing forward with hope for this day. Wherever we are and whatever we face, may we find what there is to cherish -- a kind word, a sound of beauty, a generous act -- and enlarge upon that, adding our own kind words, our own efforts for the beautiful, our own generous deeds. Merciful Wisdom you teach our hearts to hope and to persevere, to build and to tend what we can, to reach beyond what is easy and comfortable for what is right and needful. May we find gladness in this life, meaning from how we are called and how we answer, and gratitude for each and every day. Amen.