Without love we gain nothing

O Lord God, you teach us that without love, our actions gain nothing.
Pour into our hearts your most excellent gift of love,
that, made alive by your Spirit, we may know goodness and peace,
through your Son, Jesus Christ, our  Savior and Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever. Amen

Mourning into dancing

“You have turned my mourning into dancing;
you have taken off my sackcloth and clothed me with joy,
so that my soul may praise you and not be silent.
O Lord my God, I will give thanks to you forever.”
(Psalm 30:11-12)