May we understand more deeply today just how blessed we are. In spite of our trials and tribulations, (and indeed, often because of them,) we are blessed to simply be here now. The world is filled with everyday miracles, us included. We commune with God each day, as we think, speak, relate and feel. Even our pain can morph into blessings, although it is hard to understand that truth while we endure it. To lead a spiritual life is to find and appreciate these everyday blessings, everyday. So, prayer is not about asking for what we desire; rather, it is about learning to appreciate what we have right in front of us. Let us begin by appreciating that, and appreciating each other. We are grateful for our blessings. Blessed Be, and Amen.