In a world that selfishly lives for the moment,
without thought for whatever evil we may be causing the future,
we thank you, God, for commanding us to be people of hope.
Do not allow us to be conformed
to the present short-sighted, self-serving attitudes,
but open our eyes to see all the things that are possible
through Christ Jesus our Saviour.
Give us a sure commitment to your new heaven and new earth
by living some of the promised future in the here and now:
giving with no thought of reward,
reaching out to the forsaken,
bandaging the wounded,
fostering seeds of faith,
caring for mother earth,
exposing pride and greed,
building bridges of understanding,
and loving our neighbours of the future.
Stretch our vision to include the improbable
and strengthen our wills to take the next step on your road.
Assure us again that you can do exceedingly more
than we can ever ask or imagine.
Glory be to your loving purposes, now and forever! Amen.
Written by Bruce Prewer, and posted on Bruce Prewer’s Homepage.