Creator and Sustainer of All Life,
we worship you and extol your wonders,
seeking our path within your mercy and grace.
Lead us into deeper wisdom, O Holy One,
that we may speak with love
as the spring and fount for all our words,
and the source of all their power.
Lord Christ, you reminded us that true courage
starts with the power of the heart--
to act from love,
the greatest of all your gifts.
Whatever knowledge, discernment, or faith we have,
guide us, O Christ,
to ground our gain in love,
that we may live for others,
and take up our lives to be shared with each other,
bought and consecrated as they have been by your love.
Lord, make us holy and steadfast in all our striving,
to live lives worthy of being called your children,
ransomed and delivered as we are
by love's restoring power.
Spread the table of your mercy and blessing before us,
and anoint us to take up our love today,
empowered by the Holy Spirit.
Comfort all those searching for peace,
soothe the sorrowing or afflicted,
and send your angels to guard and protect those beloveds we now name,
Inspired by the daily office reading of 1 Corinthians 12:27-13:3.
Image: Wildflower and beetle, Osage Forest of Peace, Sand Springs, OK.