Most Merciful and Most Compassionate open our hearts today to one another for unexpected kindnesses. Past barricades and fences, past barbed wires and barbed hearts brimming with distrust, may we risk faithfully, fully, bravely, and gladly in being kind. May we risk faithfully, fully, bravely, and gladly in being kind past those who seem like us to those we are not sure about and then to those we are pretty sure we know we must dislike or even hate, distrust or even dismiss. Most Merciful and Most Compassionate enliven our hearts today in offering each other unexpected kindnesses in unexpected places, for are not those the places most in need of a new blessing, a creative act of caring that restores our sense of wonder and hope and love, if even for only a few moments? Past the troubles we ourselves contend with and the troubles we feel certain other people are, past the the pain and sorrow others have woven as a wall around themselves and past our own most similar weaving, may we risk boldly the vulnerability and the joy of being by being kind. May we risk boldly the vulnerability and the joy of being by being kind and surprise ourselves and each other into world touched with greater dignity, a world kissed with greater mercy, a world loved past what we knew of love, a world in which we would like to live. Amen.