Gracious God, I feel such joy in my heart this day. Somehow the sun seemsbrighter, the air clearer, the colors more alive. It is as if the shadowsthat have kept me in the forgotten places of life have been swept away. Ipray that your grace will protect my joy so that I taste and smell it withfull attention. When the mighty feelings begin to wane, I pray that joy’sscent will remain, so that no darkness will ever be so black that I ceaseto believe in the light. I ask this for the sake of your love. Amen.