Okay I'm back to get the 'Ello' engine restarted after landing in Malaysia. Below is a prayer by Old Testament scholar Walter Brueggemann I used to close my prayer for the STM January birthday babies. It's relevant for me too.
OUR TRUE HOME
God before and God behind,
God for us and God for your own self,
Maker of heaven and earth,
creator of sea and sky,
governor of day and night.
We give thanks for your ordered gift of life to us,
for the rhythms that reassure,
for the equilibriums that sustain,
for the reliabilities that curb our anxieties.
We treasure from you,
days to work and nights to rest.
We cherish from you,
days to control and nights to yield.
We savor from you,
days to plan and nights to dream.
Be our day and our night,
our heaven and earth,
our sea and sky,
and in the end our true home. Amen.
(Old Testament theology class/November 12, 1998)
-- Walter Brueggemann, Awed to Heaven, Rooted in Earth: Prayers of Walter
Bruegamann (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2003), 21.