God of blessing and abundance,
We’re so familiar with this world
That your message of blessing catches us by surprise.
We look for the gimmick or the angle.
Surely blessing isn’t with those in poverty;
those poor in spirit;
Those grieving, hungering, humbled.
We desire so much more than this world.
You offer so much more than this world.
Open us to receive this blessing:
Blessing that transforms
How we see this world,
And one another.
Blessing that propels us
To find peace with all that is unsettled.
Blessing that pushes us
To reach for that which seems impossible.
Blessing that frees us
To risk that which seems secure.
Wake us to Your blessing in this place
Open our mouths to proclaim
Your blessing to all we meet.
Not only those within these walls
But those beyond this space.
Empower us to live into
The people you created and called us to be. Amen.