Monday, August 13, 2012


"Old Boughton is so eager to see Jack. Perhaps anxious as well as eager.
He has some fine children, yet it always seemed this was the one on whom he truly set his heart.
The lost sheep, the lost coin. The prodigal son, not to put too fine a point on it.

I have said at least once a week my whole adult life that there is an absolute disjunction
between our Father's love and our deserving.
Still, when I see this same disjunction
between human parents and children, it always irritates me a little.

(I know you will be and I hope you are an excellent man,
and I will love you absolutely if you are not.)"

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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.