Lover of Life may we seek greater understanding and greater cooperation for compassion's sake. Help us dismantle the stony walls we ourselves have built of objections and hardened political positions and mistrust. Let us not treat one another with disrespect or disregard, but remember our own dignity and comport ourselves with both dignity and grace. Lover of Life give us the courage to be generous and not disingenuous, to be truthful and also kind, to remember the earth and its inhabitants we belong to and serve, and not to perpetuate exploitation or cruelty. Let us not blame markets and unseen hands - for the economies we have are our creation and our care. Let us not seek to shrug off our responsibilities, but tend them with gratitude and with all the gifts we have for goodness' sake. And when we disagree about the good path, let us do so compassionately, caring for one another, making the possibilities to find working together multiplied, not reduced. Lover of Life may we seek greater understanding and greater cooperation for compassion's sake, as families, as neighbors, as strangers, as friends, as once-enemies, as people living on this earth, responsible to it and to one another. Amen.