We choose not to give in to fear:

Even when we are threatened by violence and abuse,

we choose to believe in the power of love.

 

We choose not to be led by despair:

Even when dreams fail and the world seems to grow colder and more broken,

we choose to believe in the power of hope.

 

We choose not to be blinded by cynicism:

Even when joy and celebration feel naïve and frivolous,

we choose to believe in the power of faith.

 

We choose not to be over-awed by death:

Even when grief shuts out all other voices,

we choose to believe in the power of life.

In every time,

in each place,

with all people,

may your resurrection rise up within us,

and lead us to new, creative, healing choices.

 

Amen.

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