|A new branch sprouts on a Chinese dogwood at the Missouri Botanical Garden.|
We praise You and bless You, O God, Ruler of our hearts, who has brought us safely to this new day.
May our prayers ascend like incense and our hopes rise to heaven as birds on the wing. Make us more prone to wonder than to wander, for your way, O God, is the Way of Truth. May we remember your mercy and loving-kindness even in troubled times.
You have been with us through the night, and brought joy in the morning. You pour out the balm of your love upon the troubled water: You bid the winds of destruction to cease. You call us to new light and life in our Savior, and give us comfort and peace.
Almighty One, Father of All Mercies, Mother of All Compassion: hear our prayers as we lift them to You.