Gifts for the grieving

E te Atua, Kaiwhakamarie,
you come with comfort for all who grieve.
Not a sparrow falls to the ground
without your knowing;
you hold every one of us
in the palm of your hand.
Your mercy longs to find its way
especially to those who are alone,
unnoticed and unloved.

As we count your blessings,
show us what we must do
to be the bearers of your love.
Make us channels, as Catherine was,
of gifts worth more than gold
yet costing nothing to give –
a listening ear for those in sorrow,
a gentle and tender gaze,
and a kindly spoken word.
Mauri ora. Amen.

These prayers originally appeared as part of the monthly reflection Imaging Mercy Today, written by Dennis Horton, a member of He Waka Tiaki, the mission team of Tiaki Manatu Mercy Ministries New Zealand. They may be reproduced and used with acknowledgment.

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