Friday, September 16, 2011

.this is so so so my heart exactly these days.

"We yearn, in every season, for your presence.
We know that our hearts will be restless, until they rest in you...

Truth to tell, we do pant restlessly,
       but not always for you.
               Sometimes, instead for security
                                   or sex and beer and sports,
                                   or power and success,
                                   or beauty and acceptance... not seeking you.

...We yearn for you in every season,
        making you too easy, imagining you too difficult,
       bewildered and unsure until you give yourself concretely to us,
        as you have done and as you do. Amen."

-Brueggemann, "Not always for you"

Read that a couple days ago after a restless wrestling prayer day and almost cried.

Yes to yearning but not always for Him.

 Yes to making him too easy and yes to imagining Him too difficult,

yes to bewildered and unsure,

and oh yes to how He gives Himself concretely to me, anyway.

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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.