How, O God, may we attain eternal life?
We gain it breath by breath.
How shall we embrace the poor and the
rejected? We heal one another touch by touch.
How will we find love in this unsympathetic
world? It finds us friend by friend.
How might we approach you when we’re weary
and afraid? We reach you prayer by prayer.
How do we scale the heights and stand upon
the mountaintop? We rise up step by step.
How might we know joy when we’re
oppressed and overwhelmed? Joy fills us
breath by breath and touch by touch,
friend by friend and prayer by prayer,
step by step, one motion at a time,
in the pure light of your everlasting grace.