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“Happy are they who have the God of Jacob for their help!
    whose hope is in the Lord their God;

Who made heaven and earth, the seas, and all that is in them;
    who keeps his promise for ever;

Who gives justice to those who are oppressed,
    and food to those who hunger.

The Lord sets the prisoners free;
    the Lord opens the eyes of the blind;
    the Lord lifts up those who are bowed down….”

                                                    –Psalm 146:4-7

 

Open our eyes, Lord Christ,

and heal our blindness,

to see your glory revealed in all creation.

 

Open our lips, O God Almighty,

that our songs may tell out your saving help

to all who call upon You.

 

Open our minds, O Spirit of Truth,

that we may learn the ways of justice and peace,

and work for the mutual welfare of all.

 

Open our hearts, O Holy One,

that we may love each other

as You have loved us.

 

Open our hands, O God of Freedom,

that we may offer them to all in need,

just as we turn to You in hope.

 

Renew a right spirit with us, O Loving One,

that we may seek your grace

and praise your mercy with thankfulness.

 

Draw us within your pastures, O Prince of Peace,

and place the seal of your promise and protection

upon all who call upon You.

Amen.

Leslie Scoopmire is a retired teacher and a priest in the Diocese of Missouri. She is priest-in-charge of St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Ellisville, MO.  She posts daily prayers at her blog Abiding In Hope, and collects spiritual writings and images at Poems, Psalms, and Prayers

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