God, whom we know as love
Prayer - Wayne Arnason
O God, whom we know as love, we gather here this
morning as seekers and finders, creators and destroyers, givers and receivers of
love. From the day of our birth we have asked for love, and yet as we grow and
change in time we realize how little we really know about how love is given and
how to grow within its nurture. Help us to
recognize the love that surrounds us and in which we have our being. Help us to understand how
we can be perfect channels for that love. Help us to see ourselves as the loving
people we are and can be. In silence now, we bring to our minds' eye the people
who have loved us and continue to love us:
People who are
not here with us today, but whose love we carry with us -- People who are there
every day, and whose love we sometimes take for granted -- People who might be
within our circle of love, could we but extend it a little further --
In silence now, we hold these people in our hearts.
In returning from silence, we ask that our hearts may be opened to all whose
names and faces have crossed our minds. We ask that old wounds may be healed,
that constant joys may be celebrated, and that the love we share with the people
in our lives may be our abiding teacher. Amen.
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