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In Sitting in the Light -

A Christian’s Experience in Zen    

Source of all being,

You created me when your purpose first unfolded.

From the oldest of your works,

From everlasting I was firmly set,

From the beginning, before the earth came into being.

The deep was not when I was born.

There were no springs to gush with water.

Before the mountains were settled,

Before the hills I came to birth.

Before you made the earth, the countryside

Or the first grains of the world’s dust.

When you fixed the heavens firm, I was there,

When you drew a ring on the surface of the deep.

When you thickened the clouds above,

When you fixed fast the springs of the deep,

When you assigned the sea its boundaries,

And the water will not invade the shore.

When you laid down the foundations of the earth

I was by your side, a master craftsman,

Delighting you day after day,

Ever at play in your presence

At play everywhere in your world

Delighting to be with the children of the earth. 

Based on Proverbs 8

In Sitting in the Light, by Elaine MacInnes.