GLORY IN GREY

SUNLIGHT COMES AND GOES. Glory in a grey day. And I remember a long treasured gift (Martin Wharton, York, 1986), track it down and find the words that George MacLeod used to pray:

Almighty God, Sustainer:
Sun behind all suns,
soul behind all souls,
everlasting reconciler of our whole beings:
Show to us in everything we touch and in everyone we meet
the continued assurance of Thy presence round us:
lest ever we should think Thee absent.
In all created things Thou art there.
In every friend we have
the sunshine of Thy presence is shown forth.
In every enemy that seems to cross our path,
Thou art there within the cloud
to challenge us to love.
Show to us the glory in the grey.
Awake for us Thy presence in the very storm
till all our joys are seen as Thee
and all our trivial tasks emerge as priestly sacraments
in the universal temple of Thy love.

Of ourselves we cannot see this. Sure physician give us sight.
Of ourselves we cannot act. Patient lover give us love:
till every shower of rain speaks of Thy forgiveness:
till every storm assures us that we company with Thee:
and every move of light and shadow speaks of grave and
resurrection:
to assure us that we cannot die:
Thou creating, redeeming and sustaining God.

The Whole Earth Shall Cry Glory
Wild Goose Publications, 1985