Prayer for Serpents and Doves

God of all beings, through Christ you bid us:

be wise as serpents, and innocent as doves.

But we insist on choosing between the two.

Forgive us, God, our educated cynicism.

Forgive us, too, our ignorant bliss.

Open our eyes to see the world through yours,

lest we mistake ignorance for innocence,

or worldliness for wisdom.

In Christ’s name we pray, Amen.

 

(image: http://www.forwallpaper.com/wallpaper/bird-versus-snake-678294.html. And yes, I do realize that is not a dove, but its such a cool picture I couldn’t resist.)

 

Not an easy peace…

Not an easy peace, not a lazy peace, not an uneventful peace,

But the peace of a heart at one with its God.

Not an easy path, not a well-worn path, not a predictable path,

But the path that leads to a world reborn.

Not an easy faith, not a blind faith, not a guaranteed faith,

But a faith that dares and asks and risks.

This is what we have come here seeking:

Nothing less than the living God.