Grace and Peace to you.
O Holy Presence, Power of Life,
we praise you.
We praise you with our saying and doing;
we praise you by being.
Our life doesn’t come from powerful people;
it’s not soldiers who make us free.
What they control dies with them:
it’s little stuff, not what’s deeply life-giving.
But unbounded life wells up in us
when we open our hearts to your love for all,
when our hearts fall into the Heart
who is at the heart of all things—
you— who create galaxies,
who handmade the earth;
who filled the oceans drop by drop
and gave them their tiny and huge creatures,
you who never give up on us,
who liberate the oppressed,
who are food for the hungry
and who lift those who are bowed down.
O Love, you set us free
from whatever imprisons us;
you open our eyes when we are blind;
and in you we discover deep love.
You are present in the stranger;
you are the hope and dignity
of the homeless child, the single mother,
the strength of the vulnerable ones.
Hose who turn to you
you feed with life,
but the spirit of selfishness
you starve to death.
you love the world into being.