Saturday, September 28, 2013

.christine is here.

it's the best thing in the world.

i wrote this four years ago,
in bolivia,
after our 10-day vacation together in the middle of our HNGR internships.

"...But honestly, I think that had we been staying in a tiny motel room in an alley somewhere and it had rained the whole week,
I still would have been totally happy.
The best part was just being with Christine.
We got to share our hearts, tell some of the stories we've heard here,
laugh together over the joys and goofs of the last few months.
We got to cry over our own failings that we've come face to face with as we've lived out of our comfort zones,
over how much we miss our friends and family back home,
over the injustices and horrors we have seen and heard and not been able to do anything about.
We were able to affirm, enjoy, and pray for each other,
and speak God's truth to each other's hearts-
that He could not love us more
even if we had been "the perfect HNGR interns".
That He is doing more than we can see or imagine,
in the lives of the people that we have grown to love so much here, and in our own.
That there is fruit in both of our hearts and lives from this time,
and there will be more."

i wrote that in an internet cafe in bolivia,
at 21,
homesick and tired and grateful for that time with my friend.

here we are, 25 years old,
a newlyishwed in illinois and a grad student in oregon...

when we are together,
this is still how it is
and what we do.

these days,
we are not usually homesick
and we spend most of our hours speaking our first language...
but it is still what we need.

i am so grateful for this friend who refreshes, reminds, and strengthens my heart.

wine tasting today... i'm working pretty hard to convince her they need to move here

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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.