Odds and Ends

Hello Readers,

I know my blog has been pretty quiet lately, and while I would love to promise you more posts soon, the reality is I have some twelve page papers staring me down that have won the first place spot on my to-do list. I guess that’s how it goes in college. In the meantime, however, I would love to share some wise and challenging words I have stumbled across in the past few weeks. I sense that I am in a season of preparation, and lately I have read some blog posts and prayers that, difficult as they are, help me to prepare for what lies ahead by defining the way I want to live my life.

The first is a blog post written by a woman named Kristen Brewster. She is on an 11 country in 11 month missions trip called the World Race, and while her current setting is completely different from mine, her words ring so true in my life. Here’s the link:

http://kristinbrewster.theworldrace.org/?filename=the-greatest-thief

The next is a Benediction of Saint Francis that a Romanian friend of mine shared on Facebook. It goes like this:

May God bless you with discomfort at easy answers, half truths, and superficial relationships, so that you may live deep within your heart.
May God bless you with anger at injustice, oppression, and exploitation of people, so that you may work for justice, freedom, and peace.
May God bless you with tears to shed for those who suffer from pain, rejection, starvation, and war, so that you may reach out your hand to comfort them and to turn their pain into joy.
And may God bless you with enough foolishness to believe that you can make a difference in this world, so that you can do what others claim cannot be done.
– Benediction of St. Francis

I find these words both challenging, and life-giving. What would our world look like if it were filled with people who took this benediction to heart?

Next is a quote that I heard from a friend living in Moldova. It goes:

“What we choose changes us.
Who we love transforms us.
How we create remakes us.
Where we live reshapes us.
So in all our choosing,
O God, make us wise;
in all our loving,
O Christ, make us bold;
in all our creating,
O Spirit, give us courage;
in all our living
may we become whole.”
Jan L Richardson

I love how this quote reminds me that we do on this earth matters deeply.

And I’ll leave you with something a kindly old gentleman told me the other day that I can’t seem to get out of my head.

“May God bless you on your pilgrimage.”

So whether you travel by plane,

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or train,

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on paths steep

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or smooth,

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always remember there is joy in the journey!