Sunday, August 19, 2012

A warmed home.

I am planning my reflection on how much I've appreciated and grown in my year in Newberg, but in the meantime, a story and pictures to illustrate...
Today three women from church threw me a housewarming/birthday party.
As I write curled up in my favorite chair with candlelight flickering on every surface,
my little house is overflowing with bouquets of flowers, beautiful and delicious things for my kitchen, and cards with words that made me cry...
and my heart is overflowing with gratitude and contentment.


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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.