Friday, October 19, 2012

You give... and we receive.

"We are Your people... like Mother Hannah,
            we come with our several eating disorders,
                                                      trembling lips,
                                                      needy hands,
                                                      fallen faces,
                                                      quiet in despair.
            Because we do not have what we need, by ourselves-
            to make a future. And so we ask.

And You give! Generously, abundantly, inexplicably.
            You give more than we ask or think or need,
                        enough for all our futures,
                        enough for joy,
                        enough for well-being beyond our trembling neediness.

You give... and we receive.
            We receive and sometimes we own and covet and possess.
            We receive and imagine it is our purchase.
            We receive Your good gifts like property.
            We receive and want more.

You give... and we receive...
            Sometimes we only thank in amazement.
            Sometimes we yield in gratitude.
            Sometimes we turn our joy into sacrifice and give back.
            Sometimes we become more fully Yours
                        in obedience and gladness...

We pray in thanks.

-walter brueggemann,
on reading 1 Samuel 1

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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.