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Meditations: “We lift our hearts in gratitude

We lift our hearts in gratitude for the gift of life, and praise the faithfulness of those who went before and set a pattern of excellence:

For parents whose love wrought better than they knew;
For teachers whose faith in us was a blessing beyond measure;
For friends whose uncalculating acceptance remains an evergreen memory;
For those whose challenges have stirred us to new resolve and occasionally new heights --

For all these known to us, and the host of unknowns of whose trust we are the beneficiaries, we raise the ancient toast: "L'Chaim!" -- to life!

May we find in these moments together a blessing of peace and renewal, that we may return to the daily round with the calmness and strength adequate to our need. So may it be.


1997 UUMA Worship Materials Collection; abridged

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Last updated on Tuesday, February 19, 2013.

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