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prayer: speak, come, stay

You speak, life-giving God:
and all creation resounds
with your precious words.
Grace runs through
our neighborhoods,
singing your praises;
hope tells of your
enduring dreams for us,
without uttering a word.

You come, Servant of all:
so we can discover
that all the books
in the world cannot
tell us what we learn
about God from you,
and that all our words
cannot begin to speak
of your compassion for us.

You stay with us, Breath of joy:
your peace gentling
our warring passions;
your wisdom helping us
to learn how to live in
community with all around us;
your quiet presence
residing deep with our hearts
the only sign of hope we need.

God in Community, Holy in One,
may our words find favor with you,
even as we pray as we are taught, saying,
Our Father . . .


Submitted by Rev. Thom Shuman, author of Lectionary Liturgies.

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