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By Neil Paynter

Fifty of the best-loved prayers of the Iona group in a transportable variation.

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With earthly eyes we see men and women, exuberant or dull, tall or small. But with the eye of faith, we know You dwell in each. You are imprisoned in the lecherous, the dope fiend and the drunk, dark in the dungeon, but You are there. You are released, resplendent, in the loving mother, the dutiful daughter, the passionate bride, and in every sacrificial soul. Inapprehensible we know You, Christ beside us. Intangible, we touch You, Christ within us. With earthly eyes we see ourselves, dust of the dust, earth of the earth; fit subject, at the last, for the analyst’s table.

We are your temple not made with hands. We are your body. If every wall should crumble, and every church decay, we are your habitation. Nearer are you than breathing, closer than hands and feet. Ours are the eyes with which you, in the mystery, look out with compassion on the world. Yet we bless you for this place, for your directing of us, your redeeming of us, and your indwelling. Take us outside, O Christ, outside holiness, out to where soldiers curse and nations clash at the crossroads of the world.

You are my unfolding and my unburdening. You are the keeper of my deepest secrets. Kathy Galloway GRACE FROM IONA ABBEY Generous God, in our world some hunger for food, and others for meaning; we thank you for this place and time, where we are being fed – sharing food for the journey, finding companions on the Way. Amen Jan Sutch Pickard IMMERSION Incoming tide of God – cover my feet. I yield the direction of my life to You. Incoming tide of God – cover my knees. I yield the rule of my life to You.

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