Keeping to the path

E Te Atua Atawhai—God of mercy,
Your Word is written large
across the whole universe
in the wonders of your creation.
As we remember Catherine
and those who have walked in her steps,
let the retelling of their stories
open our minds and hearts,
to see new paths of hope and possibility unfold.

Challenge our traditions still further,
that we may bring new life to them.
May our curiosity reach beyond what we know,
to what being close to you may reveal.

Let us honour the web of life,
creating its mosaic from the pieces each brings,
to find in the midst of our work
the circle of mercy that lifts us in hope,
and holds us in your loving care.
Tihei 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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