|Lily blooms at the Missouri Botanical Garden.|
God is our companion and savior:
let us raise our hearts
to the Eternal Lover of Our Souls.
We thank You, Lord Christ,
for preserving us and keeping us as your own:
your love is everlasting!
Adorn the brows of the joyful and the redeemed
with a crown of laughter, O Holy One,
as they offer their praise and gratitude.
Strengthen the faltering hearts
of those who worry or wait,
that they may be filled with your grace and compassion.
Send forth your Spirit
to illumine our minds with holy love for all creation,
that we may joyfully place our shoulders to the wheel of restoration.
Bind up the wounds
of those whose cry comes to You, O God,
rising like a tide,
whose hope is in You alone.
Shine the light of your countenance upon those we now name.