We gather the golden threads of life and weave from them a rich tapestry:
The golden thread of common, everyday human life, speckled with small, unidentifiable little decencies;
The golden thread of human pain, and human pleasure, from which together each human biography is writ;
The golden thread of vision, and example set by known and unknown prophets, saviours and good Samaritans;
The golden thread of communal sorrow and public despair transformed by Easter resurgence, Passover liberations and the resurrection of crucified human spirits;
The golden thread of broken promises mended, held slaves freed, captive people liberated, exiled friends returned;
The golden thread of hope, and life, which shines despite social cold, political darkness and autocratic power;
The golden thread of many-splendored life – spider, human, and lion, fish, plant and toad;
The golden thread of human families when the generations sensitively appreciate their roles and times;
The golden thread of literature, art and music – Job, Beethoven, Hamlet, Renoir, Burns and ‘Greek Thompson’;
The golden thread of wonder, increased human understanding, walking hand in hand with a greater sense of mystery;
The golden thread of human communities, loyal to commanding and transforming visions of how things may be
O God, we thank you that in the texture of our common life, there shines forever this golden thread.
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