Scatter the seeds of kindness through our words and deeds on this and every day, Mercy of Mercies. Open our hearts and our hands and let us be instruments not only to make peace, but to create together joy and hope and justice, to cultivate a kinder and better world through caring and steadfast presence, through great efforts and small, through failures seeking success and through eventually getting it right. Scatter the seeds of hope through our words and deeds on this and every day, Mercy of Mercies. Lead us to where we need to be to sustain hope, to rebuild it, to rescue it and make refuge for it, to share it widely and well, though we do so imperfectly, though we ourselves hurt or know failure, though we are unsteady and unskillful, let us do all we can. Scatter the seeds of joy through our words and deeds on this and every day, Mercy of Mercies. For amid all the sorrow and all the fear, all the destruction and all the troubles and trials we and our communities endure, each day we need some sustaining joy, something that touches our hearts as a healing balm, that nourishes our spirits when we are faint, that gives us courage to keep on steadfastly with what is needful and what is good, right here and now and every day. Amen.