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Prayer of Awareness
Light within all light
Soul behind all souls
at the breaking of dawn
at the coming of day
we wait and watch.
Your Light within the morning light
Your Soul within the human soul
Your Presence beckoning to us from the heart of life.
In the dawning of this day
let us know fresh shinings in our soul.
In the growing colours of new beginning all around us
let us know the first lights of our heart.
Great Star of the morning
Inner flame of the universe
let us be a colour in this new dawning.
–Praying with the Earth: A Prayerbook for Peace
You are the love
of each living creature O God
You are the warmth
of the rising sun
You are the whiteness
of the moon at night
You are the life
of the growing earth
You are the strength
of the waves of the sea.
Speak to me this night O God
Speak to me your truth.
Dwell with me this night O God
Dwell with me in love.
‘Whatever else in the word of God we dwell on, the real good news is that God is our father and we his children. This sums up all the revelations in the Bible. What you live on earth is merely a beginning, a childish bout of tears, an opening of your eyes to the light, a first experience of love, a test of loyalty, a school of signs, a first divine alphabet, a message of light, a mental journey, an ever stronger attraction towards the father, a search for the treasure hidden in the earthly field where you have been born into life. But the greater part is yet to come.’
For everything that emerges from the earth
thanks be to you, O God,
Holy Root of being
Sacred Sap that rises
Full-bodied Fragrance of earth’s unfolding form.
May we know that we are of You
may we know that we are in You
may we know that we are one with You
Guide us as nations to what is deepest
open us as peoples to what is first
lead us as a world to what is dearest
that we may know the holiness of wholeness
that we may learn the strength of humility
that together we may live close to the earth
and grow in grounded glory.
-John Philip Newell, Praying With the Earth, 2011