Who can know the different pathways
that have brought us to this day,
sharp felt scars, forgotten mem’ries
words affirm, or facts betray?
But within this present moment
all life’s history comes to bear,
hopes and apprehension mixing:
yet we trust that grace we share.
Here within this new found setting
where our calling will be tried
will we feel like Christ, forsaken?
Will our neighbors hurt, deride?
Or will those with whom we’re sharing
work with us in one accord,
knowing that in church and circuit
we will serve the self-same Lord?
This we pray in new relation,
as we build on all that’s past:
may we find in one another
new found bonds of grace that last.
May we find in sister, brother
Christ to meet and Christ to serve,
that Your common wealth may offer
still more love than we deserve.
© Andrew Pratt 2/8/2011
For Ray Borg