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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Grant unto us communion with thee,
thou star-abiding One.
Come unto us and dwell with us.
With thee are found the gifts of life.
Bless us with life that has no end,
eternal life with thee.

Joseph R. Renville’s “Many and Great, O God, Are Thy Works”
from Glory to God: The Presbyterian Hymnal

 “O Great Spirit, whose voice I hear in the winds, and whose breath gives life to all the world, hear me! I am small and weak; I need your strength and wisdom. Let me walk in beauty, and make my eyes ever behold the red and purple sunset. Make my hands respect the things you have made and my ears sharp to hear your voice. Make me wise so that I may understand the things you have taught my people. Let me learn the lessons you have hidden in every leaf and rock. I seek strength, not to be greater than another, but to fight my greatest enemy—myself. Make me always ready to come to you with clean hands and straight eyes. So when life fades, as the fading sunset, m y spirit may come to you without shame.” Amen.

God, I give you thanks for the way your Spirit works through song. Put our words to music, Lord, so that our whole selves can be instruments of praise to be heard in the fellowship of your people. Amen.

(Native American prayer from the 1880s, printed in Gifts of Many Cultures, edited by Maren C. Tirabassi and Kathy Wonson Eddy)

Reflection written by Victoria G. Curtiss, Associate Pastor for Mission

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