God, we thank you for all things small –
the acorn, the maple leaf, the single word of praise.
God, we thank you for all things short —
trees near the seashore, toddlers,
shortbread with hot apple sauce, ten-minutes sermons.
God, we thank you for all things small and short —
homework on a weekend, a perfect sunrise,
a text message of kindness, the way a haircut makes us feel.
God, we thank you for the ability to extend
what is too short or too small in our lives —
a deep breath before a short temper,
a generous friend when the rent is short,
a hand up the stairs for small legs,
and the way many small gifts make an abundance of love.
God, we thank you for the vote,
every person’s vote, each single one so small,
and we thank you for those who
make short and simple
the path for all people to the polls. Amen.