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Sunrise is seaside suburbia.  Photo by author.

As the day begins
with all that lies ahead of me
you, O God, are present.
Help me also to be present.

In morning routines,
or morning chaos,
you, O God, are present.
Help me also to be present.

In difficult conversations,
in comforting words,
you, O God, are present.
Help me also to be present. 

In laughter shared with a friend,
in sadness leaking down a face,
you, O God, are present.
Help me also to be present. 

With too much to do,
or hours stretching out before me,
you, O God, are present.
Help me also to be present. 

And as the day ends,
with carried over to-do lists,
regrets and triumphs,
confessions and thanksgivings:
you, O God, are present.
Help me also to be present.

Root me in your love.
Soak me in your grace.
Anchor me in your presence.  Amen. 


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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