O god who we create...

Angel sculpture by Deborah Halpern - Birrarung Marr on the north bank of the Yarra River, Melbourne 2013 © bronwyn angela white

O god whose face changes

as we move and learn and change

whose image becomes less like ours

and more like that of the stranger we treat as a friend


O god who we create from the sum of all we know that is wonderful

generous, true and wise

may we see ourselves in the god-ness of others

and ourselves in their image of you.


May we see the face of our sister and brother

in those whose only tie is that of common humanity


even when we feel dead inside

even strung out, crossed, in exile and pain,

may we see the risen Christ

in the dance of another

in the leap of faith

in the falling rain




Oh god who changes through time

who appeared to Eve and Ruth and Sara

to Jacob and Moses and Saul

in different guises,

in wind and fire, in storm and in stranger

in chariots of fire

and still small voice of the desert


whose names are numerous

and whose voices are many


be in the food we share

the water we spill

the wine we pour