cosmic love - Jesus and people of many faiths
There is One Power which we call by many names—
—God, Goddess and Gaia
—Cosmic parent and Pentecostal flame
The Power that spins the universe into being
is manifest in our being: hearts, words, actions.
For this life, this energy, this wisdom – we give thanks.
We celebrate the gifts of other faiths and cultures:
parable and koan,
whakamatau and midrash,
paradox and pun:
for the Koran and the Torah
For Korero o Nehera
We give thanks.
We give thanks for the stories of Jesus
of Hagar and Joshua and Eve
of Ruth and Peter and Hannah
Moses and Saul, Rahab and Beatrice
Jonathon and Martha
We give thanks for the story-tellers
The wise ones around the fires
The grandmothers perching us on their lap
The uncles or neighbours or school teachers
who read to us-
fables and poems and folklore,
bible stories and classical myths
For the Dawn Maiden and the Sky Father
For Harry Potter and Anne of Green Gables
We give thanks.
We turn our thoughts to others - beyond our personal concerns
to the world around us.
We take a few moments to think of people, groups or situations
for whom we have care and concern.
We hold in our hearts those who are suffering bereavement and loss
uncertainty or fear, illness or isolation.
Emboldened by heroines and anti-heroes of the past and present
we call on the creative life power of the universe,
on our resources, experiences, wisdom and intuition
to live our faith
to brave the present and risk the future
to heal the earth
and each other
to live that cosmic love shown in the life of Jesus
and the lives of women and men of all ages
all cultures and beliefs
so may it be.