Sustaining Pastoral Excellence
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A Morning Prayer of Sustenance

O God of morning mist,
            but not fully seen.

A breath, a hint, a damp reminder
            of unseen life anew.

Do not hurry from your dawn,

O God, do not lift too quickly—
                        on leaves of grass,
                        on sparrows’ wings,
                        on landscapes’ contours,
            on childrens’ dreams adrift in hope,
            linger here.

Span your haze of water and Spirit
across our lives this day,

O God, your promised covenant

New every morning,
            dew damp, mist hovering

Spirit of Life —baptism remembered
in your whispered dawn.


Pamela Cunningham Hawkins, M.Div., D.Min., is associate director of Pulpit & Pew:  The Duke Center for Excellence in Ministry in Durham, N.C., and a member of the leadership team of the Companions in Ministry SPE program, sponsored by Upper Room Ministries.


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