We come together hoping for a miracle
Or seeking comfort because we don’t believe in miracles
We come together brimming with excitement and anticipation
Or weighed down by weariness and exhaustion
We come together satisfied by a sensation of wholeness
Because those we love are by our sides, where they belong
Or blindsided by loneliness and isolation,
longing for family and friends
whose absence leaves a scar on our hearts.
We come together for the chance to make
a connection with another human being
or with the holy and the sacred
that sometimes fills us up and sometimes feels just out of reach.
We come together with hearts bursting with joys and yearnings,
With hearts crowded by fears and regrets
Take a deep breath. Breathe in the love that is manifest in this place.
Take another breath. Breathe out peace.
May we be fully present for this hour, open to love, open to peace, open to the possibility of transformation.