Thursday, August 30, 2012

Sharing of friendship and overflow of garden abundance.

"Oh, these late, strange riches of the summer,
these slab-sided pumpkins and preposterous zucchinis."

-from Gilead

I copied that into my journal when I read it a couple days ago, loving her use of language and imagery and knowing rural Oregon would provide me plenty of opportunities to use the quote. Then Jay walked in last night with a full backpack, chivalrously declaring that we shouldn't feel pressure to take more than we would use...

The little girls have been eagerly "adopting zucchini babies": the neighbors save them big ones and they dress them up in doll clothes.

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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.