For the gift of life

Dearly Beloved,
Grace and Peace to you.
         
         

         What are human beings that you are mindful of them,
         mortals that you care for them?

                  — Psalm 8. 4
         
         
For the gift of life,
O Giver of Life,
to breathe, to grow, to see,
to love, to be loved —ah, miracle,
to be loved!— I thank you.
For who I have become, mystery
of lessons learned and gifts unearned,
this puzzling, dazzling masterpiece of you
in me unfolding, this blessing, this gift of myself,
and for who I yet may become, I thank you.
For the turning of the days
in wonder and gracious abundance,
each given freely, bountifully,
each bearing in its arms more gifts;
for the invitation to come again
one more time around the sun,
to keep old paths clear by walking them
and to make new ones in new places,
I thank you.
For love that abides years and distances,
for friends that grow old and stay near,
for the gift of continually becoming,
I thank you.
And for all that is to come this day,
and this year and the next, I thank you,
you who are the Gift of life.
I thank you. I trust your blessing.
I light a candle for you.
For myself, your gift, I dare cry
Alleluia!
This day is my joyful prayer.
my life my reverent thanks.

         
         
Deep Blessings,
Pastor Steve

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Unfolding Light
www.unfoldinglight.net

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