Drawing us closer to Your gates,
Lord of the invitation,
You prepare us for settling in You presence.
You tend the wounds of the world,
that all may know Your comfort
and overwhelming love.
In the glimpses of heaven You offer
we catch sight of the poverty of our world,
and You nurture within each of us
a desire for the completeness
that is found in You.
For with You
our trust is treasured
and in each part of creation
is tended according to its need.
In the shade of Your gates
we sense our inadequacy
as we place our hope in the material nature of our world.
There are times when we have felt
with nothing to offer the world;
times when we have acted in self-interest
and hurt others in the process.
who cleanses our thoughts,
You urge us on
to be agents of change made in Christ’s name.