Bestower of blessings, fling wide the portals of your love as we draw near to you this day.
Bless those keeping watch over the tender moments of letting go, and those waiting with eagerness to cradle new life.
Bless the studious child, the wandering thought, the imagination stretched out beyond what the horizon can hold.
Bless those seeking the light of truth, and the courage to give voice to it.
Bless those who gather community to them, and those who hunger for a place to call home.
Bless the cooks and bottle-washers, the ravenous appetites and the empty stomachs sheltered from our view.
Bless the questions, the mysteries, and the epiphanies that dance among our thoughts and beckon us toward what can be.
Receive our thanks for all that you hold before us and beneath us, for the sake of your mercy and love.
Anne Fraley is rector of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in South Windsor, CT. A life-long dog-lover, she escapes the demands of parish life volunteering for animal rescue groups. She occasionally succeeds at reviving her blog at reverent irreverence.
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