Night welcomes us with darkness for all: those who failed today and those who succeeded and those who managed both failure and success, those who loved and those who hated and those who realized they did both, those who hurt and those who healed and those who managed injury and healing together. May we make the night welcoming for all, realizing our own imperfections and the reality of who we are, perfectly imperfect, leaning more one way and then another, depending on the day and our choices and the circumstances in which we live. May we make one another welcome to this life we belong to, doing what we can to make worthy and good this fact of belonging to this earth and to one another. Night welcome us, whoever we are right now, whoever we were yesterday, and whoever we are becoming. May we make one another welcome, cooking what we have and sharing our lives and our tables, making way and making welcome in the twined practices of generosity and gratitude. Giving thanks and giving acceptance belong to each other, for how can we be truly grateful if we cannot accept imperfection and difficulty and sorrow and failure and pain as part of life, as the life that we contend with and shape and are shaped by, as fullness, our fullness, our whole lives? Night welcomes us all, no matter who we are or what we have done or failed to do. Tomorrow is another day. But first there is the time of rest and accepting what is and knowing what is better, making room at table and in our hearts to know the wholeness that is. Amen.