Sunday, October 13, 2013

My sister is a badass.

She knew she wanted to study racial and socioeconomic disparities and effects since mid-elementary school,
when she asked our mom why some kids in her class didn't have enough food and clothes.

Now she spends her days working with youth to stay out of gangs
and creatively pursuing ways to help the formerly incarcerated find legal, safe jobs.

She is pursuing a master's degree on learning the best ways to restore
communities and victims and offenders affected by crime,
increasing the safety of all and the futures of all.

Her heart is for justice, for kindness, for opportunities for everyone.
For people to be heard and be real and have hope.

She walks her talk more than anyone else I know
and she makes me want to be a better person and remember the needs of those around me,
seen and unseen.

Out of 1300 men and women in her graduating university class,
she was chosen as the recipient of the single award for a woman
recognizing character, service, leadership, and academic achievement.

She also makes me laugh more than anyone else
and looks hotter than I do in my clothes.

I feel amazed and inspired every day
that this girl is my sister.

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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.