I stand before your holy tabernacle, Blessed One,
and I watch the feet of pilgrims as they pass in awe.
Dirty feet, unsteady feet, confident strides and timid approaches
are just some of the manifestations of those who seek you.
We come before your presence
in designated places to soak in the magnificence of all that you are,
with hopes for all that we can be.
Yet the ground to which we return is holy, too.
The schoolyard, the garage workshop, the kitchen floor,
the local basketball court, the office cubicle, the concrete cell floor…
Help us be mindful, All Who Is,
that you are everywhere,
that we breathe the stuff of holiness throughout our days
and surrender ourselves into the night of your rest.
We seek and you respond in ways seen and unseen, enveloping us in your love and care. Ground us in your divine and sacred being, now and always.
The Rev. Anne Fraley is rector of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in South Windsor, CT (USA).
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