For our families: we are born into a clan, a tribe of others with whom we will be closely knit. In spite of our familial bonds, we may not always get along. We may find other people in the course of our lives with whom we feel a stronger affinity. Some will consciously leave their family of birth, severing ties and relationships. In the best of circumstances, we will still find times we are in conflict with our families. It will be easy to forget the importance of our connections. May we find healing in our broken relationships. May we remember the importance of our allegiances. May we comfort each other in sickness and strife. May we honor each other, and in so doing, honor ourselves. And may we never forget that we are ALL family, for better or for worse. We give thanks for brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers, sons & daughters. Blessed Be, and Amen.