The Paradox of Ancestry

Girl lights a chalice at the start of worship at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Boulder, Colorado.

We gather together this morning,
Because others came before us.
Some have left examples for us to follow,
Others lessons for us to learn from,
and the paradox is that many have left both pain and joy.
We honor our ancestors this morning, not because they are perfect,
But because, without them, we would not be here,
Sharing our joy, our pain, our living and our dying.