Who gives us life–
you have many names–
the seed, the root, the vine, the flower in the field,
the lily, the rose, the fertile garden,
the cedar, the cypress, the cherry, the tree of life,
the fountain, the dew, the living waters,
the cloud raining upon the earth,
the lighthouse, the harbor, the shell and the pearl,
the star of the sea, the cresecent moon,
the morning star, the air we breathe,
the cup, the vessel, the channel, the conduit,
the food of the spirit—
You need no kingdom.
You belong to everything,
the very elements that make up
the earth and the cosmos.
You bestow mercy and grace to all,
saint and sinner alike,
rejecting both power and glory,
vengeance and servitude.
May we honor your gifts
with gratitude and humility,
mending and treasuring
the fragile balance
that sustains them.
We remain, stubbornly,
Open your eyes and your hearts.
Honor and practice what preserves life
not what destroys it.
Take only what you need,
and return as much as you can.
Be patient and persistent
and don’t lose hope.
I remain, forever and ever,
NaPoWriMo asks us today to write an exchange of letters.