|Let us begin with ourselves, allowing
ourselves to feel where we are. The soles of our feet, the top of our head,
our quiet breath, in and out, and the presence which is always with us.
Then let us allow our sense of that presence
to expand. To take in the world around us, the people whom we love, the
people with whom we live.
And the people who keep our world running
smoothly, paper boy, and milk man, cleaners and sweepers.. ambulance, and
taxi.. train and commodities drivers.
The different races and beliefs which
live with us cheek by jowl, all in the presence of love.
Visualise your street, your town,
And those who govern locally.
And those who teach, and govern the
allow yourself to visualise the local
schools, and hospitals, the board rooms of your local council, the workers
there. See with the eyes of power, love and compassion and hold them in
the presence of our lord.
Allow yourself to see with your minds
eye your whole country, shore to shore and border to border, let
your mind flow over those in Government, and those in Commerce, those in
the hills and valleys, farms and streets, be conscious of God's love for
every particle of all your see, feel him walking through the traffic, striding
across the fields, looking at the bush and forest..
Out across the seas, and the airways,
let your love and your prayer swing out in great wings, fuelled by the
love of God. It is like a map before you, the names of the countries, little
things and big things about them pass by you, fuelled by the loving power
that makes straight what is crooked, and longs to be invited in.
And as you do, you will find yourself
praying for the Whole World. Not just the human world. For birds
and animals, fish and reptile, Tree and Rock, Desert and Ocean..
and for the Earth herself, our home ..and
The Tabernacle of His Human Presence.