A Prayer from Malawi
God of love, God of compassion,
in the midst of death and evil,
you mercifully look after us:
protecting, providing and smiling,
constantly reassuring us of your care.
Grant to us the joy of this occasion,
especially as we celebrate our birthdays,
knowing that your love is life.
Teach us to number our days aright,
that we may acquire a heart of wisdom,
through him whose life has become our light, even Jesus Christ.
Rev. Dr Augustine Musopole, Malawi. In:
Africa Praying: A Handbook on HIV/AIDS Sensitive Sermon Guidelines and Liturgy
, ed. Musa W. Dube, WCC, 2003, pp.164, 11-12, 89