Bless the people
who labor for a better life
a better neighborhood
a better country
a better world,
who love family
and give of themselves
so that seeds of hope
planted in places of despair
may be watered
and emerge as new life!
Bless the artists and poets
who see what might be
with a piercing clarity
of what now is.
Bless the journalists
who ask uncomfortable questions
and expose inconvenient mistruths
in their dogged pursuit of truth.
Bless the churches and mosques and synagogues
that dot the prairies, hills and valleys
of this precious landscape,
breathing a spirit of prayer and goodness
into the shared life of their communities.
Bless truck driver, crop picker, waiter and cook.
Bless coal miner, windmill farmer, and solar installer.
Bless single mother, newly married, aging couple, and widowed.
Bless teacher, student, leader, and follower.
Bless dreamer, shaper, thinker, and friend.
Bless the fraying edges of relationships,
the absences and separations,
the losses and heartaches,
the holy disruptions,
the sacred silences of peace.
Bless it all, Creation’s Lord.
Let the sunlight of your grace
shine upon poor and rich alike
exposing the treasures nearest each beating heart –
love of neighbor,
love of God.
Bless the whole world, we pray –
Words Copyright (c) 2017, Mark Lloyd Richardson