Yesterday my church celebrated a special global worship service with amazing prayers and songs from around the world. We opened the service with this prayer, written by Japanese theologian Masao Takenaka. It was so beautiful, so appropriate for our time, and such a perfect way to start the new day and the new week, I thought I’d share it here today.
Peace for your day, peace for your week, friends.
Eternal God, we say good morning to you —
Hallowed be your name.
Early this morning,
before we begin our work, we praise your glory.
Renew our bodies as fresh as morning flowers.
Open our inner eyes,
as the sun casts new light upon the darkness
which prevailed over the night.
Deliver us from all captivity.
Give us wings of freedom
like the birds in the sky to begin a new journey.
Restore justice and freedom,
as a mighty stream running continuously as day follows day.
We thank you for the gift of this morning,
and a new day to work with you.