Created for joy, Collect — Warren Hartley, UK

Ely Cathedral, UK

God, we sometimes forget
that we were created for joy.
Our minds are too busy.
Our hearts are too heavy
for us to remember
that we have been
called to dance
the sacred dance of life.
We were created to smile
to love
to be lifted up
and to lift others up.
O Sacred One,
untangle our feet
from all that ensnares.
Free our souls
that we might
dance,
and that our dancing
might be contagious.

Adapted from a poem by Hafiz (1325 to 1390)