As night falls and the year runs a little closer to its end, may we tend each others' hearts a little more generously tonight, a little more courageously, a little more lovingly than we have been accustomed to during this year. Beloved, draw us closer together in caring for one another and this earth, that we may cherish each other in our diversity and our sameness, in our hopes and our dreams, in our differing ways we are good for and at something that may be difficult for another. Some of us are challenged to smile and others have a smile for everyone; some of us love learning and others of us struggle with what gives others delight. Some of us are gifted singers and storytellers and others of us are gifted listeners and appreciators. Beloved, whatever our gifts for goodness, may we know them and cherish them and use them with greater skill for goodness' sake, day after day. And whatever our gifts for goodness, may we not believe they are the same ones everyone else should have, or discount them because they come easily to us, but give thanks for our diversity, and be glad to live and love and labor together in making a compassionate, peaceful, and just world. May we make such choices, and be glad in them, glad for this life, glad for this night, glad for the ways we need one another to be whole. Amen.