Monday, May 7, 2012

Back in Oregon. New semester.

So grateful to have seen everyone,
a little emotionally (and physically) exhausted,
deeply missing best friends already.
So fed by time and laughter with them.
Lots to pray and process through,
and so grateful to be feeling the peace that somehow God just gives me here.
Pine trees and people I know, everywhere.
 Release of anxiety.
Work I love, everywhere: study, prayer, community.

"Father of Love: You come near to us in your love. 
Your love finds us needy and it does not flee, 
but satisfies our soul. 
Your love comes near to us in your Son..."

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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.