Dear God

Photo from the Auckland Botanic Gardens.  

I wonder how often I miss the clues,
the traces of your glory,
the invitations to wonder,
the opportunity to love more widely,
to give more generously
to encounter my neighbour more kindly.

I am often busy:
looking at my calendar,
my to-do list,
my inbox.

I am worthily occupied:
reading Scripture
and commentaries;
following political analysis
and the news of the day.

I am looking at the pile of laundry,
and the cobweb in the corner,
and the filing that really ought to be done, today.

May I look up
from all that occupies me:
as an act of hope,
as an act of worship,
as an act of trust,
knowing that this world
is full of signs of your goodness.

May I look up
and behold the beauty,
celebrate the diversity,
and be moved to acts of love and justice
to the glory of your name.

Jemma Allen is a priest in the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia.  Her ministry is currently both in a parish where she works with children and young people and as a counsellor and spiritual director in private practice.

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