Spirit of Life,
You who urge the spring salmon upstream
and the geese back to their nesting grounds:
There is so much pain in our world.
It is tempting to shut our eyes
and shut our hearts
just so we can survive.
But what the world needs
is for us to keep them open.
Help us keep our eyes open
to the suffering we see.
Grant us the strength
not to turn away,
but to move toward
those beings and places
where our love is most needed.
Help us open our hearts.
Help us know
that it is when we are most open
to your movement through us
into our beautiful and hurting world
that we will feel the most joy.
Help us open our hearts to joy.