Almighty God, Creator:
In these last days storm has assailed us.
Greyness has enveloped and mist surrounded
Our going out and our coming in.
Now again Thy glory clarifies,
Thy light lifts up our hearts to Thee,
And night falls in peace.
But through mist and storm and sunshine,
the crops have ripened here
and vines of Spain have grown.
Thy constant care in all and everywhere is manifest.
Almighty God, Redeemer:
Even as with our bodies, so also with our souls.
Sunshine and storm, mist and greyness
Eddy round our inner lives.
But as we trace the pattern, looking back,
We know that both darkness and light have been of Thine ordaining
for our own soul’s health.
Thy constant care in all, and everywhere, is manifest.
Almighty God, Sustainer:
Sun behind all suns,
Soul behind all souls, everlasting reconciler of our whole beings:
Show to us in everything we touch and in everyone we meet
The continued assurance of Thy presence round us:
Lest ever we should think Thee absent.
In all created things Thou are there.
In every friend we have
The sunshine of Thy presence is shown forth.
In every enemy that seems to cross our path,
Thou are there within the cloud
To challenge us to love.
Show to us the glory in the grey.
Awake for us Thy presence in the very storm
Till all our joys are seen as Thee
And all our trivial tasks emerge as priestly sacraments
In the universal temple of Thy love.
Of ourselves we cannot see this, Sure physician give us sight.
Of ourselves we cannot act. Patient lover give us love.
Till every shower of rain speaks of Thy forgiveness:
Till every storm assures us that we company with Thee:
And every move of light and shadow speaks of grave and resurrection:
to assure us that we cannot die:
Thou creating, redeeming and sustaining God.
By the Rev George F MacLeod
from The Whole Earth Shall Cry Glory
Wild Goose Publications