Make Us Holy (A Prayer)

A prayer for holiness by William Loader…

O God,

You are holy,

and deep within ourselves

where our souls touch the ground,

where our being meets your being,

we are on holy ground

and your holiness surrounds us

and calls our name.

Your holiness is your goodness,

your generosity towards us

and the silence which waits

and hopes and is glad

and disappointed – and waits.

You wait to meet us,

to make us holy with your holiness,

to make us loving with your love,

to make us hopeful with your hope.

In your presence we bow our heads

in shame where we have failed others,

failed ourselves and failed you.

Touch us with the tenderness of your forgiveness.

In your presence we breathe new life

when we dare to be still, to be centred, 

to be whole, to be holy.

Set us free to be holy.

Set us free to be for ourselves a place 

where sacredness is joy and peace.

And let us be a sacred space for others

and make sacredness for them.

Dwell in us as in a holy temple,

that we may know stillness

and that we may sense the fragrance of your love

and bring that fragrance to 

where life is a stench and putrid and stale,

within ourselves and within our world.

Through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.

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