There is nothing that can destroy or contain your life, O God,

life is always slipping through the cracks of the world

and of our lives,

always sending out its shoots and scattering its seeds,

giving birth to new promises and possibilities.

 

We need eyes and ears, hearts and minds

that are attuned to the signs and songs of life

that respond automatically to life’s rhythms and reasons.

 

Teach us, O God, to respond to the life

that flows in tears of joy

and that stumbles through tears of grief.

 

Teach, O God, to respond to the life

that resists even the harshest violence

and the most cataclysmic disaster,

and that slowly rises from ashes of destruction and war.

 

Teach us, O God, to respond to the life

that dances in the untamed places of the planet,

and that walks gently in cities and technology.

 

Teach us, O God, to respond to the life

that sings in the cry of the infant,

and that whispers in the sigh of the dying.

 

Life – your life – is always slipping through the cracks of the world

and of our lives, O God,

We need only to recognise it and respond,

and in this moment,

insofar as we are able,

we do.

 

Amen.

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