Bless, O God,
the paths ahead of us:
the clearly marked ones,
the rocky ones, the muddy ones,
the relentless concrete so hard on our feet,
the paths we can hardly discern,
the ones faintly appearing.
Walk with us:
that our gait might be trusting;
that we might walk with hearts of compassion and conviction;
that we might see you in all the faces we meet;
that we might do justice and love kindness;
for you are our hope, our strength, our very breath.
Jemma Allen is an Anglican priest, living and working in Auckland, New Zealand. She is also a counsellor and spiritual director and is currently working on a research project about contemplative practices as they relate to the work of counselling.
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