Spirit of Life, you who are the greening of the world:
May we know you as that force which holds
the earth among the stars
and brings the sap rising in the maples.
May we know you as the deliciousness
of the sun’s warmth
and the movement of air
on our faces in spring.
May we know you as the urgent beckoning
that draws salmon up into streams
and eagles back to their nests.
May we know you as that in us
which responds to beauty with awakening
and to suffering with compassion;
which cries out for justice
and draws us together to create it.
In this time of the renewal of life
may we have the wisdom to know
that paradise is here and now
if we will but make it so.