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Openings: “These Bodies, These Blessings

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“Holy One, You knit me together in my mother’s womb.”

This is the voice of Psalm 139:

“[I] was not hidden from you when I was made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth.”

Let us remember and celebrate, this morning,
that each of our bodies was woven together in the depths of mystery:
cells multiplying, tissue taking form, organs taking up their function,
all under the silky cover of skin.

Let us gather in reverence for the gift of these bodies,
whatever their ages, their shapes, their abilities,
and may we know them to be channels of the world coming alive through us:
These bodies, these blessings, bring the world to life
through seeing, taste, hearing, scent, and touch.

May we bring to our intricately woven bodies a sense of sacred caretaking.
In doing so, let us also be grateful for the embrace of the Holy:
the Presence that creates and sustains life,
the Mystery that knit together each of our bodies,
and the force of Love that celebrates our desires.

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Last updated on Tuesday, February 26, 2013.

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