Tuesday, January 22, 2013

.half crazy with the wonder of it.

"Sometimes I spend all day trying to count
the leaves on a single tree. To do this I
have to climb branch by branch and
write down the numbers in a little book.

...Of course I have to give up,
but by then I'm half crazy with the wonder
of it- the abundance of the leaves, the
quietness of the branches, the hopelessness
of my effort..."

-mary oliver

from "Foolishness? No, It's Not"

spent the long weekend in one of the prettiest places I've ever seen
with some people i love so dearly.
trying to count the wonder of either, i had to give up,
but by then i was half crazy with the gifts i've been given.

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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.