Let us enter into a time of meditation, contemplation, and prayer.
Feel the earth beneath your feet as it supports you.
Feel the love of this community as it surrounds and enfolds you.
Feel your breath as it flows in
Listen to your heartbeat.
Listen to your heart...
And how is it with your heart?
Does your heart feel whole, shielded by intellect, cocooned by reason,
Or is it broken, fragile to the touch, brimming with the pain of loss?
Or has your heart been broken and healed so many times
None of us has an unblemished heart, not one.
For such perfection can be found only in death,
So let us give thanks for the broken places in our hearts,
For it is only through such brokenness that we may truly touch one another
Let us give thanks then for the brokenness that we share.