Bridegroom of heaven,
who delights in beauty of the earth,
You do not forsake Your creation,
but instead rejoice
in the signs of the kingdom
that happen in ordinary life.
Extravagant in Your love and care of all people
Your call is to hope and live
beyond all human expectations.
Crowning creation with an abundance
of grace and mercy,
You are at work in transforming relationships
so that all feel that they are guests
at Your table,
welcome to dine
on the meal You have laid out.
Everything You have given us
comes from the wealth of Your goodness,
It can feed our every need.
Sometimes despite Your welcome
we find what You have to offer
difficult to chew over,
or to welcome in our lives.
The sights You draw our eyes to notice
can be things we would prefer to ignore,
as we struggle to know how to respond
to the needs of those who feel unwelcome
in their homes.
The sounds that fill our ears
when the cries of the hungry and poor
disturb the comfortable lives we lead.
Our arms are filled
with possessions and gifts
that speak of our wealth,
and unwillingness to share.
Lord of abundant life,
in Your forgiveness
enable us to discover that we have more
than we can ever need
and so be guided by Your Spirit
to share from our wealth.