Jeremiah 31: 31-34.
You are making
a new covenant with us,
We don't deserve it,
but that's just who you are.
You stand by us no matter what.
You give us life.
You surround us with beauty, goodness, and truth,
and we neglect to notice,
or worse, spoil it.
But you are putting a new law within us
even as we see
how our old laws are failing us.
You are writing better ways on our hearts:
ways of openness and inclusion,
ways of peace and humility,
ways of compassion and love for all your creatures.
You are our God
and we are your people.
The days are surely coming
when we will all know
that you are present in all that you have made,
and we will respond to your presence
in all things
with the respect that you
and they deserve.
The broken covenant won't be broken any more
because we will walk in harmony
with all your creatures
and with you,
Friend at our side.
Here's a lovely, newer melody (by David Haas) for the old hymn taken from St. Patrick's Breastplate...