P. M. Traunstein
We always ask before we thank, for we are asking creatures.
We ask for love
and thank you for the love you have inspired in us.
We ask to be closer to you
and thank you for our capacity to pray.
We ask for understanding
and thank you for bringing us the light of your presence.
We ask for happiness
and thank you for the joy of life.
We ask for strength
and thank you for the courage you have given us to hope.
We ask for your presence
and thank you for living in our hearts.
We ask, and we have already received.
Blessed be your name, O God, our Creator.
1997 UUMA Worship Materials Collection
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