|Two clematis buds, Kauffman Memorial Gardens, Kansas City.|
Lord, we lift up our hearts to You in glory and wonder,
astonished at your imprint in the world around us.
The love of God is my portion and my cup;
the Almighty is my all in all:
how can I fear any evil?
Today we place our hands in the hand of our Savior;
today we seek the path of peace and mercy.
Lord Jesus, help us to put aside
our fearful grip on resentment and strife,
on all that blinds us and binds us.
May our fears fall from us like autumn leaves;
they will dance away from us,
carried by the warm wind of hope.
Let us walk in love and compassion,
opening our hearts in gentleness.
Merciful One, we know your love never fails:
may the healing wave of love cool our fevered brows.
Send forth your Spirit of Peace, we pray;
shield and comfort all those whom we remember before You.