Open our hearts,
So that we may feel the breath and play of your Spirit.
Unclench our hands
So that we may reach out to one another,
And touch and be healed.
Open our lips
That we may drink in the delight and wonder of life.
Unclog our ears
To hear your agony in our inhumanity.
Open our eyes,
So that we may see Christ in friend and stranger.
Breathe your Spirit into us,
And touch our lives with the life of Christ, Amen.
— Anon, Aotearoa (New Zealand), in Bread of Tomorrow, edited by Janet Morley, SPCK, 1992 (source: Christian Aid)