who dances along the pathway
casting light and shade.
Light to guide the way,
shade to shield from the cruelty of sun and wind.
You are the accompanying stranger
on the walk to new hope and transformation.
In the conversation that You share,
in the evidence You pour over,
You revisit past moments of life
where Your presence has been overwhelming.
Retelling stories of Scripture,
remembering shared knowledge of Your presence,
You reveal Yourself to be
in the middle of the anguish and the pain,
as well as in the joy and celebration.
Knowing that You meet us where we are
how surprising we find it when
You step out of the dark moments of our lives
so that we may meet You
as the light and inspiration of the moment.
In those moments
when we enjoy praise
and are overwhelmed with pride
it is You that steps out of the darkness
and shines the light on those with whom we share our life.
When we are the ones who destroy or harm
the respect of another,
the work of the world,
the life of our community
may You inspire us to a bigger vision
of Your kingdom in our world.
Whenever bread is broken,
may we meet Your forgiveness
as it feeds that hunger of our emptiness
and inspires us to each out to others.