Gracious God, we thank you for the gift of life. We thank you especially for the gift of your Son who leads us in this life. May we humbly proclaim, this day, to know You.
and this from Theresa of Avila, a poem called,
You are Christ’s Hands
Christ has no body now on earth but yours,
no hands but yours,
no feet but yours,
Yours are the eyes through which to look out
Christ’s compassion to the world
Yours are the feet with which he is to go about
Yours are the hands with which he is to bless men now.
and then this from Mary Oliver, a poem called,
Who Said This
Something whispered something
that was not even a word.
It was more like a silence
that was understandable.
I was standing
at the edge of the pond.
Nothing living, what we call living,
was in sight.
And yet, the voice entered me,
with so much happiness.
And there was nothing there
but the water, the sky, the grass.
(Red Bird: Beacon Press, 2008)
May we proclaim to know You in the wonder of the world, in the wonder in us, in the things we do, and the things we do not do, all in your name. Amen.