Merriam Webster defines courage as mental or moral strength to venture, persevere, and withstand danger, fear, or difficulty. The root of the word comes from the Latin “cor” meaning heart. Courage is to me bravery that comes from the heart.
Welcome: “All That Lies Within You” by Angela Herrera
Consider this an invitation
With all your happiness
And all of your burdens,
Your hopes and regrets.
An invitation if you feel good today,
And an invitation if you do not,
If you are aching-
And there are so many ways to ache.
Whoever you are, however you are,
Wherever you are in your journey,
This is an invitation into peace.
Peace in your heart,
And peace in your heart,
And-with every breath
Peace in your heart.
Maybe your heart is heavy
Maybe it’s troubled
And peace can take up residence
Only in a small corner,
Only on the edge,
With all that is going on in the world,
And in your life.
Ni modo. It doesn’t matter.
All that you need
For a deep and comforting peace to grow
Lies within you.
Once it is in your heart
Let it spread into your life,
Let it pour from your life into the world
And once it is in the world,
Let it shine upon all beings.
Song: Gathered Here
Chalice Lighting: A Spark of Hope By Melanie Davis
If ever there were a time for a candle in the darkness,
this would be it.
Using a spark of hope,
kindle the flame of love,
ignite the light of peace,
and feed the flame of justice.