Or puzzle over the future;
Now, when our ideals are challenged
And the second best becomes attractive,
You are there....
Upsetting our easiness,
Contradicting our compromises,
Replacing our narrow vision
With the sight and sound and taste of a better life,
Picking up the loose stitches of our devotion,
Kitten Playing with Balls of Yarn
Turning the random into the real,
And for this we praise you.
And it always will be so.
For you did not say you were the answer,
you said you were the way;You did not ask us to succeed,
you asked us to be faithful;You did not promise us paradise tomorrow,
You said you would be with us to the end of the world,
Turning the random into the real.
And for all this we praise you,
now and forever.
The Scottish island of Iona is the geographical heart of this community, founded by George MacLeod in 1938. The community also has members in various urban centers where they seek to live their common life in the midst of violence. This excerpt is an appending of a larger prayer written by John L. Bell.