Thursday, November 22, 2007

For the expanding grandeur of creation, worlds known and unknown, galaxies beyond galaxies, filling us with awe and challenging our imaginations: We give thanks this day.

For this fragile yet enduring planet earth, its times and tides, its sunsets and seasons, and the magic of gratitude for an abundant harvest, an unfurling flower, a child's delight and a puppy's exuberance: We give thanks this day.

For the joy of human life, its wonders and surprises, its hopes and achievements: We give thanks this day.

For the despair of human life, and especially for those who companion us as we learn our lessons and regain our strengths: We give thanks this day.

For our wider human community, our common past and future hope, our oneness transcending all separation, our capacity to work for peace and justice in the midst of hostility and oppression: We give thanks this day.

For human liberty. . . for opportunities to change and grow, to affirm and choose: We give thanks this day.

May we live not by our fears but by our hopes.

#512 in UU Hymnal readings (significantly adapted) original by O.Eugene Pickett

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