Thursday, August 2, 2012

Some words.

"I think it's good that you're experiencing the country and the girls in a different way.
You're getting to see every angle of this situation.
It seems holistic... in a really healthy way
to be approaching something like research from a place of love."

"...The combination of compassion with research
is much like the integration of head and heart we all try to balance.
Guess God is in both spheres.
He made both I believe."
(small group host and one of my "Oregon dads")

"It is so good to see you
right where you're supposed to be-
being used by God how God wants to use you right now.
I'm encouraged and happy and excited to see it."

Lots of thoughts and prayers simmering for me,
as I spent time in Bolivia and now return to my Oregon life.

These words in recent emails from people I love and who know me
have clarified and encouraged my heart the last couple of weeks.

Bolds mine.

 Pic taken last month in yard of above-mentioned small group host,
as I picked cherries with his daughters and wife.
We then baked two pies.

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.