Your ways are so mysterious and wonderful! You come to us in our dreams and thoughts, and we are not afraid. We enter your sacred prayer space, and you welcome us with open arms like a parent welcoming the children home. You know the cries of our hearts and prepare all things for us in advance.
Merciful, loving Yahweh, we lean into your loving presence. We silent ourselves and prepare ourselves so we can hear you singing songs of love over us. The songs calm our fears, and we feel you. Thank you for the promise of peace. Thank you for understanding that we are weak and feeble.
We gather at your Beautiful Gate to hear the words of the wise. We gather with Elders who share from lives steeped in your holy waters. These Elders are your messengers, and their messages are food for our souls. When we enter your sacred prayer space and receive wisdom from you through Life-giving Spirit, we realize the limits of our human existence and knowledge.
We gather in your courts, at your Beautiful Gate, hoping that you will appear to us. All at once you are here; Life-giving Spirit rushes around us like a wind that does not blow. You are upon us like smoke from a sacred fire; like gentle flames, you kiss us and call us by name. We call out your name in response.
Great Architect, you are always with us and hear our prayers. You give us the words to say and the strength, courage, and favour to ask for what we want. Thank you for restoring us with the newness of life and releasing us from broken-down dreams.