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Cosmic teamwork

You are Alpha and Omega

— Beginning and End — 

Lord of All.

In you we find ourselves

and one another.

Show us the teammates 

that we miss and dismiss 

omit and ignore —

and all the ones we have forgotten, misplaced or taken for granted.

When we are keen to strike out on our own

— looking behind us, over our shoulder

and forward, jutting our chins towards an uncertain future —

pull us up and show us those who labour beside us.

Let us share the task

and share in the delight

as coordinates in a constellation

as dazzling parts of a cosmic teamwork

playing off one another.

Help us in our pairs, couples, partnerships, collaborations, exchanges and unexpected encounters.

The harvest is plentiful 

lead us to labour together.

Amen. Amen. Amen.

Luke 10: 1-9 (NRSVA)

1 After this the Lord appointed seventy others and sent them on ahead of him in pairs to every town and place where he himself intended to go. 2 He said to them, ‘The harvest is plentiful, but the labourers are few; therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out labourers into his harvest. 3 Go on your way. See, I am sending you out like lambs into the midst of wolves. 4 Carry no purse, no bag, no sandals; and greet no one on the road. 5 Whatever house you enter, first say, “Peace to this house!” 6 And if anyone is there who shares in peace, your peace will rest on that person; but if not, it will return to you. 7 Remain in the same house, eating and drinking whatever they provide, for the labourer deserves to be paid. Do not move about from house to house. 8 Whenever you enter a town and its people welcome you, eat what is set before you; 9 cure the sick who are there, and say to them, “The kingdom of God has come near to you.”


By Jock Stein, about 5 months ago

I have really appreciated the poetry and persuasion of this week, not least: “coordinates in a constellation / as dazzling parts of a cosmic teamwork / playing off one another”

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