we say the name
that gives us hope:
we raise the name
that brings us peace:
we cry the name
that brings us healing:
You who are the same
stay with us and love us
through seasons of change
of heartache of struggle of love
through tears and praise
and lament and delight
be who you are forever and always.
We long to be made new,
we are desperate to leave the past behind us,
but you have brought us this far and
you have promised to continue.
Stories and experiences
shape us like ancient stars shape the night sky,
so do not teach us to turn our backs
on what has been but to listen
for stories of what may be.
Teach us not to start over in fear
but to wade in every water and to walk
through every wilderness with the patience
of hearts that trust you.
Teach us not cynicism but curiosity
so that our souls might sing gratitude
and our tongues speak prophecies
of your love and glory
for as long as we have breath to give.
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