This is a prayer by Charles Anker used at CitF on Feb. 9, 2014.
For the lovely wetness that sends courage to the
fields to bring forth greenness, and the hidden
bulbs dare to root and extend their stems into
the freshening air, and the old year’s dust is
washed away. So we who have missed our
good friend rain, are glad of its return, and
thank you that your gifts still the scary talk of
watered plains becoming deserts. And for all
the gifts with which you bless us on this
un-utterly rare planet racing as it does among
the dead lifeless planets, for our life, for the
love that undergirds us, in thanksgiving we
pray to the Lord.
We thank you for the magic that love brings into
our lives – that there are people who care
about us – who manage to even love us at times,
for friendships that warm up and light up
our sometimes grey days letting the sun
shine in. We thank you that there are even
days when these gifts break through the noise
and our hearts are strangely warmed by
unexpected kindnesses breaking through
the chilliness of isolation. And when reduced to
miniaturization by the immensity of the
universe, how lovely is the love and friendship
of friends that miniaturizes the universe and
brings us into your presence, we pray to the Lord.
And so today, Father, we are grateful for all the
acts of love that green our worlds. For people who
choose vocations that protect us, choose occupations
to heal us, choose professions that delight us,
choose careers to open our minds and introduce us to
wonder, and although sin intrudes and tarnishes the
brightest professions, how grateful we are for the dreams
that pull people into glory and, untarnished, become
the gold standard of culture and altruism. For the
magnificent ones who give away all to achieve what has
eluded humanity negating the cruelty and selfishness that
ever headline the news and bring us, love, and joy and hope.
It is your work they do and grant us eyes to see it, We pray to the Lord.