1. Maker of this world of wonder,
where, in whirling depths of space,
humans on a fragile planet
bear the image of your face;
thank you for the wealth of beauty
we can touch or see or know;
joy of art and grasp of science,
chance to live and room to grow.
2. God of love, you share our sorrow
when we damage your design,
when, through centuries of slaughter,
vengeance spirals on in time.
Thousands, starved, enslaved and murdered,
pay the savage penalty
so the few can live in comfort
– cushioned inhumanity.
3. All the while, the living Spirit
longs to show a better way,
free and open, full of laughter,
learned through loving day by day.
By the Spirit’s call to justice,
by the gifts of hope and faith,
peace may grow and freedom flourish,
giving life not dealing death.
4. Maker of this world of wonder,
help us cherish your design;
God of love, through your forgiveness,
help us break the chains of time;
living Spirit, move among us,
stirring dreams to change the world
that our hands may shape a future
where God’s promise is fulfilled.
Janet Woorron (To tune of Blaenwern)