Friday, March 16, 2012

Really, without any sentimentality: This is just such a good place for me.

"It’s hard to overstate the benefits to living in a walkable area,
especially for someone who is outside the workforce.
You save a ton of money on gas, and even more if you can get by with one car.
You save money on groceries since walking to the store means you buy only what you need on a daily basis,
rather than making huge once-a-week trips that are more likely to lead to waste.
You get exercise and exposure to sunlight as a natural part of your daily routine.
But, most importantly, it fosters a sense of community.
You run into your neighbors multiple times per day."
How I found Wellington, my "best buddy", today when I ran into him and his parents (who are almost as cute). They stopped by the house last week so his mom, Leah, could borrow a dress of mine for a party they were going to that night.

Heidi's in my Tuesday night small group. She and her husband live approximately one mile from me. We've been texting each other to go for walks through the fields in the evenings.


In Sunday school a couple weeks back the high schoolers were handed blank encouragement cards, stamped envelopes, and the church directory. A couple days later Romans 8:38-39 landed in my mailbox.

Small town life and I were sooo MFEO.

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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.