Wednesday, March 14, 2012

.good man.

Please pray with me for my beautiful freshman roommate Amy's family,
 as they gather with her dad as he valiantly completes his nine-year battle with cancer.

She and her three sisters have all flown in, and they and their husbands are surrounding her parents with love, laughter, and the joy of her two oldest sisters' babies.

Such a happy and proud dad, as she married James this September.
(No idea who that awkward laughing
bridesmaid in the back is.)

Few men have loved their girls so much or raised such good ones,
and in great sadness there is so much gratitude for a sweet legacy of faith, love, and commitment to family.

I'm head-shaking amazed, as I have been for the last six years, by this girl and her family's ability to laugh and find silliness and joy and happiness in being together (something about him not really being able to talk, but laughing when he overheard them making fart jokes?).

The Ames face has not changed in the last 23 years.

Freshman orientation at Wheaton. He was a very patient chauffeur on our thrice-daily Target runs that week.

So them.

Please pray for no pain for Michael,
and for comfort and peace that passes understanding for Amy's sweet mom and the sisters.

 October 2006, roommate date... Just because I love this picture.

Love you my Amy Grace.

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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.