February 16, 2022

Pilgrim People


Happy are those whose strength is in you, in whose heart are the highways to Zion.

Psalm 84:5
In the midst of new dimensions, in the face of changing ways, 
who will lead the pilgrim peoples wandering in their separate ways? 
God of rainbow, fiery pillar, leading where the eagles soar, 
we your people, ours the journey now and evermore.
Through the flood of starving people, warring factions, and despair,
who will lift the olive branches? Who will light the flame of care?
God of rainbow, fiery pillar, leading where the eagles soar, 
we your people, ours the journey now and evermore.
As we stand, a world divided by our own self-seeking schemes, 
grant that we, your global village, might envision wider dreams.
God of rainbow, fiery pillar, leading where the eagles soar, 
we your people, ours the journey now and evermore.
We are man and we are woman, all persuasions, old and young, 
each a gift in your creation, each a love song to be sung.
God of rainbow, fiery pillar, leading where the eagles soar, 
we your people, ours the journey now and evermore.
Should the threats of dire predictions cause us to withdraw in pain, 
may your blazing phoenix spirit resurrect the church again.
God of rainbow, fiery pillar, leading where the eagles soar, 
we your people, ours the journey now and evermore.
 ©1994 Julian Rush

Keep alert, stand firm in your faith, be courageous, be strong.
 1 Corinthians 16:13
Prayer after thinking about today's devotion:
God, you have given us a lodging in this world but not an abiding city. Help us, as a pilgrim people, to endure hardness, knowing that at the end of our journey Christ has prepared a place for us.
 A New Zealand Prayer Book
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After your own thanksgivings & petitions, close with the Lord's Prayer.

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