God we need wisdom,

in these days of madness and misdirection,

of panic and confusion


Those who carry the weight of authority

cannot adequately discern the common interest

nor negotiate with allies and enemies

on the strength of their own intelligence;


Those who direct economies

cannot easily recognise the value of things

nor address the questions asked by wealth and poverty

by human insight alone;


Those who voice dreams and anxieties in sounds and images

cannot offer hope and guidance

nor challenge and disturb us to justice and compassion

with their own frail inspiration;


God we need wisdom,

if we are to find the life we long for;

And so we pray,

lead us to yourself.