Beloved, the world changes from day to day and season to season, and we change, too. How alluring it can be not to change, not just rooted in our past, but desiring to live in some nostalgic version of it, the one where sorrow and trouble and oppression and injustice have all disappeared, and only the good things remain, the sweet and the comforting! May our nostalgia teach us about what we value and encourage us to the work of living today, to tending the sorrows and easing or ending the troubles we can, to addressing oppression and injustice right now and making this time sweeter, better, and more gracious. What changes do we need to make to live more whole-heartedly? Where do we need to be brave? What struggles would we really rather not have? Beloved, help us name those changes and share them with our friends, so we may hold each other up and encourage each other in what needs to be done. Let us not turn away from the things about ourselves we do not like or the places that scare us, but instead tend what needs tending, and make the world our nostalgia reminds us that is good and beautiful and entirely possible, not today, and not tomorrow, but little by little from one year to the next, one generation to another. Amen.