Guide our hearts and words and deeds, Spirit of Mercy, in the shadows of evening and the deepest hours of night. Guide us in making ourselves useful for goodness' sake, in crafting and creating and nurturing together a more tender and caring world. Spirit of Mercy, such efforts require so much bravery, bravery so many of us feel we do not have and cannot find. Surprise us with finding more bravery than we knew we had in dusty corners of our spirit, in overlooked piles of messiness and troubles we have endured that have since gone by, in offering what we have to each other, to fortify one another for what this life needs. Guide our hearts and words and deeds, Spirit of Mercy, in the shadows of evening and the deepest hours of night. Help us ease the suffering of those who stay awake in pain or fear this night, be gentle companions to those in need of generosity and grace, and be bold friends and vigil keepers with those who must keep watch in this and every night. Spirit of Mercy, guide our hearts and words and deeds, and in mercy may we find the light of love, no matter the hour or night. Amen.