Gracious God, still my heart that I may be fully present to the quiet calm that is you. The You that rides underneath the fear of violent storms, that glides along the curves of my breath when I hesitate and wonder about the wreckage humankind has made of this earth. In Your Divine Imagination I pray

that new life is being dreamed and

that through the disasters that we have made, there are enough of us who grasp your vision and long to create a more peaceful world.

I pray for those who put greed above the common good, for those who are agitators for their own selfish ways, for those choose or cannot see the beauty of this world, in all of it’s diversity, which surely reveals more about the nature of You, than any claim to rigid, narrow understandings ever could.

A God who imagined this world in all of its beauty and intricacy, a God who imagined the beauty of human beings with each one being unique and different from another yet revealing something of You. A God of this creative, loving, tender vision, could never imagine the mess that humans are making of it, sometimes in Your name.

I pray today for all of us. May there be enough of us who see into the beauty, the love, the graciousness, the steadiness, to realign the world with your vision. Amen.

The Rev. Terri C. Pilarski is an Episcopal priest serving a church in Dearborn, MI. She is a long time blogger ( and member of the RevGalBlogPals since 2006.

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