Dear God of before and during and after;
God, Sustainer, Christ the Servant
from the beginning choosing
partnership with Earth, whom you made;
We thank you for the togetherness;
for the joy of protestors and prophets
the persistence of those who prayed.
We thank you as those who have found new answers
to the question of who, or what
might be my neighbour.
We thank you, with eyes wide open
to the unabated urgency of change
in all those ways of rich and powerful people
and the exploitative philosophies
that upstage and pull rank
over mere faith and hope and love.
We thank you for
the green and ancient wisdom
of Bible, people, Earth and Spirit
which still cares as for family
for fellow creatures…
because they are!
(And worshippers as well!)
We thank you for all the missing pieces
coming to light
of our interwovenness and dependence
on what we thought was merely beautiful
and therefore expendable
though beauty should have been enough.
Yet remembering the last laugh of the Cross
echoing through the empty tomb
We set aside the stifling worry of tomorrow
to deal with what we’re up to eyes in today.
And since the problems are not simply solved.
by nations and by leaders,
we find, refreshed, our place and purpose valued;
our small commitment blessed.
And paths of justice bright for all to see
with this new day of many.