O Holy One as close as breath,
before you breathed us into life
before you shaped us from the soil
there was earth -- full of potential
for life, for growth, for flourishing.
From the beginning you have prepared a place for us,
a home for us
-- yet clearly, thankfully, not only for us.
O that we would open our eyes to the wondrous weave
of relationship that is your creation.
O that we would labour with you in this labour of love
that is your creation.
O that your delight would be our delight.
O Holy One who breathes us into life
Breathe with us now … Be with us now …
that we may live into the oneness that we are
with you and the whole creation. Amen
For the night skies opening outwards, star upon star
expanse after expanse
thanks be to you, O God.
For the mystery of your presence in and beyond
all that can be seen
thanks be to you.
Guide us further this night into the inner universe of our souls, ever opening inwards, light upon light
new depth after new depth.
Guide us through strange and fearful spaces
towards the place of your eternal dwelling
and assure us again that in drawing closer to you
we draw closer to the heart of every living being. Amen