Friday, March 30, 2012

.this mercy is our only trust.

"We yearn, in every season, for Your presence;
We know that our hearts will be restless, until they rest in You;
We are like deer who seek a watering hole in the drought;
We hear invitations for 'all who are weary and heavy-laden...'
               And approach to You seems ready and easy.

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.

Truth to tell, we know You to be no easy mark,
       with Your rigorous entrance requirements
                                   of blamelessness, truth-telling, no bribes,
                                   and all manners of neighborliness.

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."


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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.