Patience and Compassion guide us each and every day. Some days we know the storms that are headed our way and we brace for them, rushing around, hurrying ourselves and others along, creating little tempests from our lost self-possession long before the storms we cannot control arrive. Slow us down then, Compassion, and lead us further in the ways of Patience, in forbearance and in kindness. Yes, we must attend to what needs to be done, and it is also not done skillfully or well when we do it hard-heartedly, sharply, gruffly, and at the expense of others' dignity and our own. Patience and Compassion guide us every day. Some days we know there are squalls threatening to blow up, but also sunshine right now. Slow us down, Compassion, to be glad in and for the sunshine, while we prepare for the storms ahead. Lead us always in cultivating kindly patience and tending skillfully the storms that need not happen, the squalls we can prevent, especially as we prepare for and attend the storms coming our way far larger than ourselves. Amen.