Saturday, August 10, 2013

Steinbeck summer.

"And here's a story you can hardly believe,
but it's true,
and it's funny and it's beautiful.

There was a family of twelve and they were forced off the land. They had no car.

They built a trailer out of junk and loaded it with their possessions.
They pulled it to the side of 66
and waited.

And pretty soon a sedan picked them up.
Five of them rode in the sedan and seven on the trailer, and a dog on the trailer.
They got to California in two jumps.

The man who pulled them fed them.

And that's true.

But how can such courage be, and such faith in their own species?
Very few things would teach such faith.

The people in flight from the terror behind-
strange things happen to them,
some bitterly cruel

and some so beautiful
that the faith is refired forever."

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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.