Your love and care for Your creation
is laid out
with the dawn of each new day.
In the stories that are told and shared;
in the adventures that are to be experienced;
as food and drink
fill the emptiness
and quench the thirst,
Your desire to be a present being,
shaping and forming life,
In worship and relationships
You lay before us
the human need to live in companionship,
and Your hope
that our lives might be shaped
by the encounters and experiences
we have of meeting new people
and sharing with those we know well.
Alone we may feel empty and in need of reassurance,
but in the midst of the crowd
You feed us with knowledge
of how faith calls us to serve You
in new ways.
You teach us
that standing alone
and being part of the crowd
are both important experiences.
For in the crowd
we are built up
in all we share of knowing Jesus.
we listen to Your voice
and the hopes You have for us.
But standing alone,
or in the midst of the crowd,
can also call our attention away from You.
we can become focussed on our own wants and ambitions,
and become selfish
in the time we want for ourselves.
In the midst of the crowd,
we get caught us
in being like others,
and listening to the voices
that lead us away from You;
we can be afraid to hold our own opinion,
afraid to speak of Your love in difficult situations.
With Your forgiveness
may we hold our solitude and fellowship
May we use both to shape our lives\with Your love and hope
that others might
meet You in the shared conversations
and in the silence of their own company
be assured of the Holy Spirit with them.