Thursday, May 30, 2013

So many things in which I look for rest.

"O my soul, above all things and in all things always rest in the Lord,
for He is the eternal rest of the saints.

Grant me most sweet and loving Jesus, to rest in you
above every other creature,
above all health and beauty,
above all honor and glory,
above all power and dignity,
above all knowledge and precise thought,
above all wealth and talent,
above all joy and exultation,
above all fame and praise,
above all sweetness and consolation,
above all merit and desire,
above all gifts and favors,
above all happiness and joy,
above all angels and archangels,
above all the hosts of heaven,
above all things visible and invisible, and
above all that is not you, my God.

Come, come. Without you no day or hour will be happy,
for you are my joy, and without you my table is empty..."

-Richard Foster,

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.