Joy may we greet the morning with hope, no matter the defeat we have suffered the day before, whether we have great grief or great pain, whether the world seems bleak or the weather is horrible, may we awaken with hope. Some mornings we must sing and pray and dance and work hard to nurture that spark of hope into enough light for a candle's flame, let alone a warm heart and a welcoming hearth. Some mornings, hope is so bright it breaks apart and scatters any clouds and we can only laugh in awe and wonder at the rush of joy. Whatever kind of morning we are in, Joy may we awaken and greet this morning with hope, finding gladness for this present day before us, a gift to create for the world, a day with blessings for us to offer as well as receive. Joy may we awaken and greet this morning with hope and bear that out today to our neighbors, to strangers, to all we meet, bringing all the light we are and have to bear in making this world whole and full of love. Amen.