Before our day begins, Lover of Life, help us prepare our hearts, gathering together the courage to be vulnerable, to risk for love's sake, to stretch beyond what is comfortable to bear our gifts of loving into this world, to receive the love of others, to bear witness to love's power to challenge and change us for the better. Before our day begins, may we prepare our hearts, making way and making room for strangers and for friends, for those we already cherish and those we do not what to cherish about them. May we prepare our hearts for reverence and wonder, to be surprised by joy and to be glad with what is good and generous. Before our day begins, Lover of Life, help us prepare our hearts, to perceive the beautiful with all its imperfections, to breathe grateful for a sweet breath, to labor together for the well-being of our communities and others', and for the well-being of our planet. Before our day begins, may we prepare our hearts, pausing to dwell with thanksgiving on those we love and who have loved us, on the good that is and the good that may be, on the beauty and joy in life and the beauty and joy we may add to this life. And then, prepared as best we can, may we love faithfully throughout this day. Amen.