A prayer of Hope: Life is a Promise. It is the promise of opportunity, the promise of joy, the promise of suffering, and the promise of redemption. In the fullness of time, Life fulfills all of it’s Promises. So do not despair utterly when heartache and suffering seem unbearable: this is merely the fulfillment of Life’s compact, Rest assured that Life will again fulfill the richness of the Promise, and joy will return in abundance. Patience is most assuredly a virtue, and perhaps the most important of them all. For Patience and Promise we give thanks. Blessed Be, and Amen.