Monday, 14 September 2009

A Prayer for the Creator

Dear Lord,

It is written that You are love (1 John 4.8) and we are also told how love behaves. We know that you are the Creator of all and that your love is expressed from within in its entirety.

It is written that love is patient; which we see in Your works. You had the patience to wait for us, Your waiting displays hope and expectation. To choose to wait is an act of compassion and dedication, as we find in the gradually unfolding processes of Your acts of creation.

It is written that love is kind; Your kindness gave us freedom to act, freedom to be. You gave this not just to us, but to all of the created order. You hold Yourself back in order to allow us to proceed in our ways. Your kindness gives meaning to all.

It is written that love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude; You do not force Yourself upon us but are always there to be found. You are the hidden God (Isaiah 45.15) who is seen in the face of Christ.

It is written that love does not insist on its own way; Your methods are full of fertility. Your creation is dynamic and lawful, allowing for opportunity to be explored. The fruitfulness of creation is displayed all around, with chaos kept at bay by Your lawful order.

It is written that love is not irritable or resentful; our presence confirms this. When I see what we have done to Your creation I can only imagine the pain we cause You, yet You persist with us, You trust us. We bring death and destruction to creation, but no irritation to our loving Creator.

It is written that love does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth; the truth comes in many forms and You have gifted us with Your book of Works. We should praise the insights of those who endeavour to understand the workings of Your creation, for it can become a hymn of adoration.

It is written that love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things; You are there alongside us, alongside all of creation, suffering when we suffer, hearing every groan of creation. Throughout this You have put Your hope in us, the transformation of creation which started with Christ is in our hands and You are there with us.

Father, as a hopeful priest of Your creation, I offer what I can of creation up to You in thanksgiving, may You bless all and may all be in communion with You. May we truly be in Your image as we go out into the world.

Amen

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