Though I May Speak

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God of our beloved feathered friends,
Let us join in song with them each day in praise
Of high flight, clear vision, and abundant planet.
Parrots preening, robins bobbing, peacocks presenting—
Gather us all under your wings each night.

God of sparrows, seagulls and swallows,
Strengthen our spirit wings for life’s great migration!
Troubles and tears, cramped cages of fear–
Free us with hope, eagle vision, and swans’ grace.
Protect us as we flutter yet fall from the nest.

Creator, Sustainer, Just Holy One above,
Embolden our flight to spiraling heights of bravery!
Through the journey of years,
Call us to roost with prophets, wise folk, and saints
You gently send out amongst us daily.

Lulu sings Islamic dhikr


For the Beauty of the Earth

(Lyrics to a hymn in the Protestant tradition of Christianity, by Folliott Pierpont, 1864; verses 1, 2, 4, 6)

For the beauty of the earth,

For the glory of the skies,

For the love which from our earth,

Over and around us lies.

Refrain: Lord of all to Thee we raise

This our hymn of grateful praise.

For the beauty of each hour

Of the day and of the night,

Hill and vale and tree and flower,

Sun and moon and stars of light


For the joy of human love,

Brother, sister, parent, child,

Friends on earth and friends above,

For all gentle thoughts and mild,


For Thyself, best Gift Divine

To the world so freely given

For that great, great love of thine,

Peace on earth and joy in heaven.