Gracious Love lead us day after day and night after night into living more fully in your joy and radiance. Teach us not only the wisdom of greeting one another with genuine gladness but also the pleasure in such moments. Sustain us with the courage to take our relationships off the testing field, so that we might truly hold one another accountable in love. Gracious Love, you know we have this world and this life to live with each other and that we have choices to make about how we do so. Sustain us when we waiver from the path of choosing peacebuilding and merciful justice, for without justice there can not be peace, and without mercy there cannot be justice. Gracious Love, lead us in choosing, especially when we least feel that we have a choice, especially when we feel pinched and squeezed and threatened, especially when love seems very far away, lead us in choosing to call on the best of ourselves and each other, to insist on a way of lovingkindness and merciful justice for all. And in our choosing may we be glad, glad for the choice, glad for the effort to make the world a happier place, glad for the way love challenges and changes us when we let it. Amen.