as the rock and fortress of all life
You offer a firm foundation
upon which all life can take root
and within the shelter of the walls
there is room for praise and celebration;
for learning and encouragement;
for sorrow and solitude.
You are the Lord of listening
who hears the cries of Your creation
and touches life with love
as Your Spirit weaves her pattern
Lord of love,
drawing the creation towards a more full understanding
of what it means to love,
You inspire respect of each other,
with a willingness to listen and to learn from each other.
Courageous love gifted by You
opens our eyes
to the care of each other
and the world;
it teaches love that hopes
for the very best in all people.
is often bound by our disrespect of You
and of each other.
We are not always generous with love
pouring scorn on the words of others,
or undervaluing others achievements or beliefs.
we either place ourselves on too high a pedestal
and never believe others can reach our lofty heights,
or we undervalue who we are
and what we have to offer.
Our love of You is not always constant
as we rejoice with You in all the good things,
but find the we ignore or blame You
when life is not the way we hope it to be.
As our refuge and our rock,
may we be lifted
from our cruel and unkind thoughts and words,
and in the light of Your love and forgiveness
may all we say and do
reflect the love of Jesus Christ.