From the beginning of time
you have been at work,
pushing back the overwhelming waters
to make a world
where every living thing
can make a home and grow.
With Your fire of justice,
you scorch through the places
where heavenly values are ignored,
and with overwhelming waters
You cleanse hearts and minds,
lands and deserts
that all might respond to Your care and attention
and grow in knowledge of Your love for the world.
With lightening bolts in time
You have burst into our world,
that we might encounter You
and turn our hearts over
to Your care.
Through the story and life of Christ
the ways of our world are challenged.
We are invited to see people and places through Your eyes
that You value all that might be ignored.
Your Spirit turned the lives of those closest
to Jesus over,
as they were transformed from bystanders
to bearers of Your love.
That same Spirit
topples over all that we would value
that we too might be those
who bear the Gospel in the world.
You have spent time within our hearts
and at times encountered out laments
at all we feel the world has failed to offer us.
Frustrated with our lot,
we ignore the needs of those around us.
We forget the poor,
when our own wallets and purses seem a little empty.
We keep food and water for ourselves,
even when greater need presents itself.
We blame others for mistakes,
when we are far from perfect.
Lord of forgiveness,
with grace You offer us a new beginning.
Through the words of our lamenting
You inspire us to seek all that is good
that Your kingdom might be built
within our hearts
and in the lives of those
who call out to You for Christ’s justice
to be established in our time.