A pause early this morning for praise and thanks and petitions …

For fair skies and safe travels. For hope where there is hate, determination where there is doubt, clarity where there are clouds, peace amid the perils that roil and toss.

We need them now, we need them always, yet we too often lose the center of our focus in the crescendos of minute to minute, hour to hour, day to day.

Let our joys be small, our love strong, our humor great, our gratitude steady and deep.

An early pause. A mindful breath.