O God who has set us in a world of soaring beauty, and profound mystery we look back and recognize, in ourselves, the dawning of a conviction that life is not simply a random series of opportunities and disappointments.
We look back and acknowledge that our life has been a gift, a gift to be lived out fully between the twin poles of freedom and responsibility.
And now we step forward, free in the knowledge of how little is really essential. Responsible in the conviction of how much is desperately needed.
Thank you for your grace which is the flame of love, leaping up in our hearts, and setting our lives afire.