Thursday, June 9, 2011

.will you say when i'm gone away...


Joy.

laying in bed half-awake, listening to heavy rain and thunder

having three different people in the last four days independently tell me to give myself more grace

grinning babies waiting at the window as i walk up to the house

walking and talking for hours through neighborhoods with heart friends, hands cupped around our drinks as we vent and encourage and laugh and question and enjoy

dads who cuddle and get down on the floor to do puzzles

the way moms kiss their babies' chubby cheeks- how can they love so completely someone they've known only for a matter of weeks? but oh how they do

"Tia Emily! Tia Emily!" hugs around my knees

...oh, oh, oh, oh...

colorful stacks of children's books

and getting so excited as i find just the right one for a kid who loves an animal, a color, a superhero

constant texts requesting prayer, sharing prayer- the crazy web of connection and prayer and affection in which i somehow get to live!!

moms groaning and laughing when i mess up my Spanish

dandelions everywhere- how can something so beautiful be considered a weed??

the huge armchair in front of the picture windows on the second floor of the library

seeing loved ones in love

hearing of wounds being healed

tank tops

...oh, oh, oh, oh...

praying for the outgoing interns... being so proud of them, and remembering these weeks for me two years ago

Psalms 27, 56, 62

trust: "to firmly believe in the reliability, truth, ability, or strength of someone or something; to allow someone to have, use, or look after someone or something of importance or value with confidence"

Panera

feeling known in my small group

praying with Christy in my car in the Home Depot parking lot for our interns

five minute phone calls for mutual sanity

Christine and Meghan and Tamara and Meredith

my running shoes hitting the street

a new journal

"the life-giving will and wisdom of God which surrounds us everywhere"

and at the moment, obviously, Iron & Wine.

...light strikes a deal with each coming night,
oh, oh, oh, oh.


1 comment:

thehindenburg said...

This is a beautiful post.

Human Needs Global Resources Covenant, 2009

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.

Amen.