Cardboard Universe

Psalm 104:24-30

What a wildly wonderful world, God!

You made it all, with wisdom at your side, made earth overflow with your wonderful creations.

Oh, look, the deep, wide sea, brimming with fish past counting, sardines and sharks and salmon.

Ships plow the waters, and Leviathan, your pet dragon, romps in them.

All creatures look expectantly to you to give them their meals on time.

You come, and they gather around;

You open your hand and they eat from it.

If you turned your back, they’d die in a minute.

Take back your Spirit and they die, revert to original mud;

Send out your Spirit and they spring to life, the whole countryside in bloom and blossom.


Fragile is all I can think about sometimes,

How we live in a cardboard universe that reads, this end up.

We spend our days in search of safety,

Our nights in quest of rest.

But our world turns upside down anyway.

We drop like a lead balloon.

Breathless, not with wonder

But with worry, broken.

Turn our world the right side up, HOLY SPIRIT.

Deserts into green fields

Green fields into forests

Wrong into right

War into peace

Curse into blessing

Fill this cardboard universe with your presence.


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The parish of the Durham Martyrs incorporates the Catholic churches of Our Lady of Mercy and St Godric, St Bede and St Joseph (Gilesgate) in Durham City. We are part of the Finchale Partnership and based within the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle.

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St. Bede,

St Godric's RC Primary School, Carrhouse Drive,


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Our Lady of Mercy

and St Godric

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St Joseph

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