Who among us enjoys having the doors of another's heart closed in our faces? Who likes being castigated and condemned, cast aside and denied dignity? And yet Beloved we do such things routinely, comfortably, publicly and privately. We turn each other away and offer room to only a cherished few and resent the loneliness we may feel as well as the stranger knocking and asking to become friend. Awaken us again today, Beloved, to the kindness and friendship this world requires, asking more of us than is easy until we have learnt to love largely and generously again, until our fears are eased and our understanding increased, until we have tasted the sweetness of true peace which knows true justice and true welcome. May we turn to each other and rejoice for the gifts each of us brings, the gifts each of us are, and together let us enter into a way that builds hope and cultivates peace and grows joyful in kindness, generosity, hospitality, and love. Beloved, may we not shutter our hearts to one another, or give into the ease of condemnation and denial, but choose on the better way of meeting each other past strangeness and estrangement to becoming neighbors, kin, and friends. Amen.