Lord, as the weather turns brighter and more inviting we are moved to new activity. We are invited by creation into new life and to enjoy the world around us. But as trees bud and flowers bloom there is still violence, suffering, and oppression all around us. Lord, help us to live a life of balance, and cherish the good things in the world while still remembering those people, animals, plants, and other parts of creation that are in need. Let us laugh, and also take upon ourselves the burdens of others, but let us never become so mired in light or darkness that we cannot share in other’s joy or empathize in the hurt of others. It is in Christ and with the Spirit we pray.

Amen.

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