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franciscan - September 1999

Theme Prayer

The Living Spirit

by Catherine A Hepburn

Living God,
You called us out of our separate and
separated flowerpots
to bloom together in the multicoloured
glory of your herbaceous border.

Blessing you for your gifts of difference
and colour
we pray:

Colour us red, passionate God,
for the anger of the oppressed,
for those who hunger and thirst
for justice and peace,
for our mothers and grandmothers
and all who labour to give birth
to love.

Colour us yellow, resurrection God,
for the achievements of the decade,
for those who light up our lives,
for all who dwell in the shadows of
death and long for the morning.

Colour us green, creator God
for the integrity of creation,
for seeds planted this weekend and
leaves for the healing of the
churches and nations,
for all who need a new way forward
to grow.

Colour us blue, incarnate God,
for all who weep,
for faith to walk and even dance
upon the water,
for all who need heaven to be torn
open that they may hear Godís
affirming word: you are my
daughter, my son, whom I love.

Colour us purple, Holy God,
for those whose needs and gifts are
ignored, overlooked, rejected,
for the silenced who need a voice
and the powerful who need to listen,
for imagination and wisdom.

Colour us your rainbow people of hope.
Deep loving God,
lead us forward to your promised
through Jesus Christ, your beloved
and ours.

© Catherine A Hepburn 1999


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