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prayer: love, grace, peace

When once we let sin
coil itself around our hearts,
you wrap us in the
comforting shawl of grace.
When once
we obsessed over us,
you freed us to give
our selves away to the world.
Ceaseless Creator,
your love overwhelms us
each and every day.

Where once
we sat by the edge of the way,
with sin and death on either side,
now we can pull up a chair
next to you, to rest our lives onyou.
Where once
we hungered for love
and thirsted for compassion,
now we are filled at your Table.
Healing Hope,
your grace flows through us
each and every day.

When we are tempted
to submit our resumes
to the Evil One,
you put us to work,
caring for the outsiders.
When we are tempted
to mutter our way
through each moment,
you teach us songs of grace.
Faithful Spirit,
your peace surrounds us
each and every day.

You are with us each and every day,
God in Community, Holy in One,
even as we pray as we have been taught,
Our Father . . .

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

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