who made this day,
and all the hope within it,
we sing with praise and jubilation
for all that fills our eyes, our ears and our lives.
In this place we bless You
for the goodness that bestowed upon us by Your love.
You are the beginning and the ending of each day,
calling forth peace
before words of anger can be spoken
and before actions of hate cause separation.
Unlocking the barriers and segregation
You stand in the midst of all of life
bearing Your scars
so that all may know the cost of love,
and the rebuilding of relationships
through Your resurrection.
as You stretch out Your hands
in a sign of unfaltering love,
we admit we have faltered.
While You were bursting through barriers,
and breaking down walls,
we were hurriedly finding new ways
to divide ourselves
because we were afraid.
Forgive us for the boundaries we create
as we judge others because
they are different from us.
Forgive us when we do not recognise Your face or Your voice
captured in the presence of another.
In the closed spaces of our homes and minds
may You speak our names,
and bear Your wounds
that we might know You again
as the Lord of our lives.
Like the impetus to breathe,
You forgiving Spirit sweeps over us,
freeing us from all that ties us to the past
and leading us to the future Your create.