For the life that was in the beginning
and is now,
thanks be to You, O God.
For the life that is now
and will always be
thanks be to You.
For those who have gone before me
and the men and women of every nation,
for the vitality of children
and earth’s life-forms still to be born
thanks be to You. In this great river of life
that flows behind me and before me
let me know that I am carried by you.
In this great river of life
that flows around me and through me
let me know that I carry You
and can reverence You
in all that has life…
........ from Sounds of the Eternal, Friday Morning, J. Philip Newell, page 62