(Offered at the South Rotary Club, Columbia, Missouri, May 2, 2014):
Now, in the opening light of day,
We would be mindful of You.
For You are the Alpha and Omega, Beginning and End.
In You “we live and move and have our being.”
As we lift up our eyes from lesser concerns
transform our love of You into concrete love for neighbor,
and when our hearts turn cold or our zeal flags,
remind us again to Whom we belong,
Whose days these really are,
Whose will we pursue,
and what You would desire of us.
Then, rekindled, draw us toward Your unfolding purposes,
Your reign of love that shows itself in justice, faithfulness, mercy and peace.
We pray in the spirit of your presence come among us, Amen.