Monday, September 23, 2013

hard weeks, tea, prayer books, toddlers in tutus.

last week was hard.

one evening my plan had been to run five miles.
i figured that would also give me the chance to "pray through" everything.

what i really, really wanted to do
was get into bed early and watch bones reruns.

so i compromised.
i walked the 2/3 mile into town for a mug of hot tea and a little time in a prayer book.

it was a good decision.

sometimes compromises can be just right.

...the peace of all peace be mine this night,
in the name of the father, the son, and the holy spirit. amen.


this weekend was lovely.

case in point;
someone was very happy about her chocolate cake tonight.

I love it!

 Do not take it.

 I know I am cute.

...and this picture was just my favorite.

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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.

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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.