E Te Atua hoa hikoi, God, companion on our journey:
in the constant unfolding of our world,
you go before us, inviting us to become
what in your love you call us to be.
May that love be at the heart of our service,
as we learn to stand with fragile communities
and to share generously the riches you entrust to us.
Let our desire to dream a bigger reality than we possess
be the sign that you are the inspiration of our lives.
For a better world will never unfold if all we want
is more of what we have known till now.
Continue to broaden our view, stretch our minds
to embrace new possibilities for those we serve,
and let our hearts be broken by whatever in our world
is breaking your heart as we pray.
Replace the clay of our lives with the mercury
of your love, causing our hearts to soar above
the now into a future that waits for us to be brought
to life in Mercy’s name. Mauri ora!
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.