God of all hearts,
be with us today as we seek to bring Love into the world.
From the slow heart beats of morning
to the rapid pulse of running late for the next thing,
remind us that it is you who gives life and breath,
and you who makes hope and love possible.
Teach us to be your heart in the world –
ready to hold the broken hearts and the failing hearts,
just as we readily rejoice with the whole hearts and the healthy hearts.
May we be agents of Love
in a world that confuses romance with blessings
and the ability to bear children
with a sign of your favor.
May our hearts be wide enough to embrace
those who are shrouded in loneliness
and those who are lost in longing.
May we have the courage to Love those the world has deemed unlovable,
leaving no one beyond your reach.
God of limitless Love, reclaim us this day.
Let us see the broken-hearted ones whose grief distances them from life,
and respond with compassion.
Let us accompany those with failing hearts whose days with us are dwindling,
and be the channel of your peace.
Enable us to bring hope and healing,
even as we tend to our own hearts’ needs.
On this day fraught with artificial sentiments,
may we celebrate the beauty and goodness and grace
your Love offers the whole of Creation.
In your heart, there is room for all.
Let us live in this Good News
and be builders of your Realm
in a world that desperately needs to be claimed and reclaimed in Love.
In the name of the One who came to teach us how to Love with your Love.
Rev. Dr. Rachael Keefe is an author and the pastor of Living Table United Church of Christ in Minneapolis, MN. You can find links to her blog, video series, and books at Beachtheology.com.
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