A Psalm Before Beginning Work

~from Prayers for a Planetary Pilgrim, Fr. Edward Hayes

To You, O Divine One, from whose hands
comes the work of creation, so artfully designed,
I pray that this work I am about to do
may be done in companionship with you.

May the work that I will soon begin
sing praise to you, as songbirds do.

May the work that I will soon begin add to the light of your presence
because it is done with great love.

May the work that I will soon begin speak like a prophet of old
of your dream of beauty and unity.

May the work that I will soon begin
be a shimmering mirror of your handiwork
in the excellence of its execution,
in the joy of doing it for it’s own sake,
in my poverty over ownership of it,
in my openness to failure or success,
in my invitation to others to share in it
and in its bearing fruit for the world.
May I be aware that through this work I draw near you.

I come to you, Beloved, with ready hands.

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