we praise you for the gift of your Word;
for the light and life it brings to our lives.
Through it, we come to know you better;
we come to understand ourselves more fully;
and we find the wisdom and encouragement we need
to live as your faithful disciples in our world.
Through the inspiration of your Holy Spirit
and the careful discernment of your people,
continue to speak to us through your Word,
that our hearts and minds may be renewed,
and our lives would increasingly reflect
your justice and love to the world around us.
Teach us what it means to follow you,
and to walk in your ways. Amen.
~ Christine Longhurst, for the Canadian Foodgrains Bank