Saturday, January 1, 2011


I just posted this in November. But rereading it tonight I was so struck by it again.
I spent my afternoon at Panera, journaling by a fireplace and
asking God what to do with this year. Let this willingness to offer uselessness
and make constant choices to be with Him be a theme...

"...His life taken from Him in the ugliest of executions-

what a waste it looked!

His life was poured out in intentional uselessness,

like the expensive ointment the woman poured out on His head.

Some of us are indignant at the waste, like Judas was.

Some of us are envious of her- at least she had the ointment.

We would like to have something to give,

to pour out for love of Him,

but we don't have even that. It seems we don't have anything.

Nothing to offer except our uselessness,

and our choice to be with Him:

and that is a choice that no one but Him is likely to put any value on."

-from Celtic Daily Prayer's Aidan readings

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As fellow travelers on this journey, we commit to this covenant before God. Lord, in Your mercy, hear these our prayers:

When confronted with scarcity, need, and inadequacy, may we be nourished by the Bread of Life and the Cup of Salvation. Abundance overflows from Your table, sustaining all who come in faith. Father, help us.

When monotony blurs our vision and dulls our senses, may we encounter others as Christ did, through intentional presence in daily life, submitting as clay to be formed into vessels filled with the Spirit. Christ, guide us.

When wounded by the fractured condition of Your people, may we be united by Your Lordship in faith, hope, and love; seeing, as through the facets of a diamond, the beautiful spectrum of Your light reflected onto Your holy Church joined in praise. Spirit, empower us.

When all Creation groans, afflicted by injustice and driven to despair, may the promise of redemption root us in the hope of Your Kingdom: "Behold, I am making all things new!"

Holy Trinity, send us now into the world in peace, and grant us strength and courage to love and serve You with gladness and singleness of heart.