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Benedicte


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BENEDICTE


Article/Note/Report - Prayer

 
BENEDICTE

As used at the Lincoln Readers' Conference 2005

Bless the Lord, all you people of Godís creation,
you who flash like the facets of a diamond reflecting the many sided riches of His glory:
Praise Him and magnify Him forever.

Bless the Lord in diversity and difference,
in contrast and complimentary, in completeness and inclusion coming together:
Praise Him and magnify Him forever.

Bless the Lord, all you whose strength is renewed in companionship and community,
in friendship and fellowship:
Praise Him and magnify Him forever.
Bless the Lord, all you who drink the living water,
springing up in the depths of your being,
as you draw upon stillness and silence:
Praise Him and magnify Him forever.

Bless the Lord, all you who are rooted and grounded in observation and exactness,
who note and celebrate a precious particularity in all that is present:
Praise Him and magnify Him forever.

Bless the Lord, you people of vision,
whose minds are open to promise and potential,
who behold when God is doing a new thing,
dreamers of dreams:
Praise Him and magnify Him forever.

Bless the Lord in the beauty of order,
all who are passionate in the quest for truth,
who balance the scales of justice,
who long for freedom from falsehood and fabrication,
formers of theory, testers of argument,
lovers of light:
Praise Him and magnify Him forever.

Bless the Lord, all you whose concern is for others,
who reach our care and compassion,
who prize the blessing of brokeness,
forgiving making free, bringing new life:
Praise Him and magnify Him forever.

Bless the Lord, all you who make choices,
who decide upon policy,
who map out plans of action,
who work for the coming of the kingdom:
Praise Him and magnify Him forever.

Bless the Lord, all you who watch and weigh and consider,
who recognise and acclaim Godís work,
who value and praise the variety of his ways,
the riches of his wisdom,
the workings of his world:
Praise Him and magnify Him forever.

Bless the Lord in speaking and singing and silence;
in seeking and seeing, in doing and being,
in acceptance and affirmation,
in dreaming and daring,
in testing and challenge.
Bless the Lord in all the ways you are called to:
Praise Him and magnify Him forever.

Amen.



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