8 syllables in, 8 out:
Show us what we can know and do.
We have left the path, lost our way:
Forgive us, O God; set us straight.
Loving God, you create, sustain:
give us dreams, energy and skill.
Your grace and love surround us, God:
Help us be grateful, loving, kind.
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Gracious God, Jesus Christ, Spirit:
Give me (us) peace, patience, joy and love.
Jesus Christ, Child of God, Savior: (teacher)
Have mercy on me, your sister.
(on me, your brother) (on us, your siblings.)
(Have mercy on me, a sinner.)
Holy Spirit, Comforter, Fire:
Mold us, move us, keep us alive.
Our life will soon be over, God:
Remember us in paradise…
– Steve Shoemaker, Urbana, IL, September 22, 2014
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