Prayer: You Give Life to Life!

Here’s a beautiful prayer from Carol Penner’s Leading in Worship blog. 

(inspired by Genesis 1)

Lord you give life to life!

From Day One,
your Spirit brooding over the deep,
your wind rushing, your breath filling.

As creatures of the earth,
we inhale your grace,
rejoicing in life abundant.

We use our breath, our being
to raise this hymn of praise:

Hallelujah to the sun’s hot passion
embracing the ground’s great shoulders!

Hallelujahs for the growth from seed to plant
greening the earth; its fruit—beauty and food!

Hallelujahs for generations of life
tumbling one after another,
life creeping, swimming, flying, running,
below, above, upon, within.

All the world sings, calls, signals, speaks
praise to God whose glory grows in all that breathes!

Fill us, enliven us to be ambassadors of life divine,
breathing out your song in harmony,
singing to our Creator,
whose Holy Spirit is unending, ageless, eternal
and ever new.

~ written by Carol Penner, and posted on Leading in Worship.