Thursday, January 16, 2014

Deepest rest occurs in deepest relationships.

My unanticipatedly long trip home (blessed snow practically doubled it- I almost cried for joy)

was so, so, so good.

It did something unexpectedly good and deep this year for my heart...

met me in ways I didn't know I was needing (but He did).

So very good

to be with the people I've known and loved and grown with forever*;

the family and friends who've known me longest,

and who for so many years have loved me so very hard and so very well.

(*And their babies. Who I suppose I haven't known as long, but I loved them so much from the second I knew they existed.)


Kari said...


cori haughery said...

looks like lots of fun!!! is that one shot from panera? love panera.

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.