Spirit of Life, God of Many Names, and One Transforming and Abundant Love,
Move within us as we go about our daily routines.
Some of us have hit our stride,
Comfortable in our new job,
excited about the addition to the family,
or that math problem is finally starting to make sense.
Others of us are unsure of what lies ahead,
Wrestling with illness,
Missing the friends who have moved away,
Or just stressed out by things that once brought newness into our lives.
May we hold all these truths in our care as we meet one another,
In our coffee hours, our classrooms, or the ride home.
Teach us to treat, with love, each story as our own;
Knowing that most of these stories,
are true for all of us,
at one time in our life.
Bless us with a spirit of endurance,
When all we need is the strength to carry on for one more day,
A view that makes space for hope,
When a way is hard to find,
And an inclination to love –
Ever knowing that the world needs such passion,
All the more when we find it lacking in our own hearts and minds.
We hold in our hearts this hour all the people living on the streets this week.
May those in storms’ way find shelter and warmth, food and safety.
We pray for the residents of British Columbia who are recovering from a severe earthquake,
The people of Hawaii facing a Tsunami,
and the people of Vietman preparing for a Typhoon.
We pause in silence for the 65 people who have already died in the Caribbean due to the Hurricane.