(Blessing for Waitangi Day service)
In mingling our wairua in the hongi
in passing the peace of Christ from hand to hand
in sharing the sacred meal, and morning tea
we create a reality
in which manuhiri and tangata whenua become one iwi.
Go in peace, knowing past hurts are healed,
weaving our korero of faith and our mahi of aroha—
kaitiakitanga for our earth and its peoples
manaakitanga for those in need—
into our every day.
© bronwyn angela white, 2017