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The year 2005 was marked by the evil of war and the sorrow of natural disasters. The fact that just about anything can happen has been brought home to us: whole towns, in our own country, can be wiped out in a day; and a major city can find itself struggling to rebuild.

In the midst of the uncertainty which has always been a part of life, and which many of us can no longer shove below the level of awareness, I pray for a heightened attentiveness to the God without whom I have and am nothing:

May your glory rest upon us,
May your mercy sustain us,
May your peace refresh us,
May your beauty gladden our eyes.
May our ears listen for your word,
And our hearts welcome your silence.
May our voices add to the music of your praise,
And our spirits dance in your joy
And in daylight or in darkness
In sorrow or in rejoicing
May the light of your love guide us home.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change,
though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea;
though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble with its tumult.
(Psalm 46:1-3)

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