Give me a candle of the spirit, O God
as I go down into the deep of my own being
Show me the hidden things.
Take me down to the spring of my life,
and tell me my nature and my name.
Give me freedom to grow so that
I may become my true self –
the fulfillment of the seed which you
planted in me at my making.
Out of the deep I cry unto thee, O God.
— A Gathering Prayer by Bishop George Appleton (©1974 – modern adaptation by Jim Cotter)
Prayer: Grant us, O God, the space and freedom to grow into what the Spirit planted into us at our birth and at our baptism. Amen.