May we so live that awe may awaken in us as we embrace the relationship that is ours with every creature.
May reverence for each difference fill our lives, may desire for communion motivate our living. And may we give birth to our creativity that Justice may flourish for all creation in our time.
God, after all the time we’ve spent together,
I never thought it would come to this-
an immense chasm carved between us,
holding the empty echoes of my prayer.
Only a tiny voice remains of my
worn-out cries, longing for you.
Where are you God, when I need you most?
Why won’t you fix my life for me?
I need you to get me out of this darkness.
I demand that you give me extended bliss.
But my demands and my desires go unheeded
and all I hear is a tender voice
whispering repeatedly, “I am with you.”
My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going.
I do not see the road ahead of me.
I cannot know for certain where it will end.
Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think I am following your will
does not mean that I am actually doing so.
But I believe that the desire to please you, does in fact please you.
And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing.
I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire.
And I know that if I do this you will lead me by the right road, though I may know nothing about it.
Therefore will I trust you always though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death.
I will not fear, for you are ever with me, and you will never leave me to face my perils alone.
O COOLING BREATH OF AUTUMN,
Come! Come with your natural paradox.
Show us your fullness and emptiness.
Breathe into us a spirit of gracious acceptance.
Tame our desire to have summer stay forever.
O GLEANER OF GARDENS AND FIELDS,
Come! Come gather what is most precious in us.
Urge us to embrace our cornucopia of goodness.
Stir up gratitude and a sense of wonder.
Move us to give freely of our abundant harvest.