To You we sing our praise,
for You reach out Your healing hands
to touch the scars of creation;
You speak words of tenderness
to smooth away the troubled waters;
You offer patience
that agonies may be poured over,
only for You
to call Your people beyond them
to the future You have promised.
Rejoicing in the favour of Your presence,
we greet You
and praise You
for the security that is found
when our faith is placed in You.
While we might long for the wholeness
that You offer,
Lord of all people,
we are sometimes willing to deny others
their full potential and humanity.
We name call,
and treat others as unworthy.
We devalue ourselves
by our willingness to hurt.
In Your mercy,
forgive us for the destruction we cause.
In Your faithfulness,
You call us from our wailing
to songs of joy,
that speak of Your love
and our thanks.