Purpose and Presence of the Universe, existing before we were made and will be long after we are gone:
Early in the morning, our song shall rise to Thee, but not only our songs. There are also
lingering doubts we have not yet released into your care,
heavy burdens that have bent us over and crushed those we love,
and persistent anxiety about so many things.
With the freshness of this new page release us and many from the shackles that bind and open us to the gift that is this day.
Help us to care for the least of these even as we also care about the strong and accomplished.
Empower us to demonstrate a witness for peace in a world always filled with wars and rumors of wars;
Transform us into carriers of hope who shed light toward the future.
Reveal your purpose and way in such a way that it is reflected in the tarnished mirrors of these hearts.
For this and so much more we thank you for that which we continue to seek:
your healing presence in the storm,
courage to do right when surrounded by wrong,
and the peace that passes understanding,
the peace that allows us to speak the truth,
forgive as we have been forgiven,
and seek a life that is higher and greater than the one we now have.
We pray all this in the power of the One who holds us all, Amen.