Monday, October 3, 2011


This is a guy in my cohort and his wife, at their house last night. Our cohort had a prayer retreat a couple Saturdays ago and in my small group, despite my best efforts to the contrary, I ended up venting out some worries I was carrying. Tyson came up to me on Monday. "So... I hope you don't mind... but I told my wife some about what you're thinking. And... she's a really great resource. She said she'd love it if you wanted to come over and talk to her any time..."

Sooo... last night I did. I went and perched in their living room and felt self-conscious for about three seconds but it went away in their genuineness and warmth and as I laughed with them at their three beautiful kids running around the living room. Then Tyson put them to bed and Jesi asked me awesome questions and shared good thoughts and was empathetic and wise and prayerful and helpful. And I left feeling encouraged and cared for... and a little bit more able to trust God.

And not only did they reach out to me, listen to me, not judge me, and share their hearts and home:

  we had banana splits.

.grateful... for a lot.

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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.