vocation prayer*

By |2014-04-23T20:26:19+00:00April 27th, 2014|church life, discipleship, faith, leadership, personal, theology, writing|

Loving God, thank you for calling us at baptism to be your people and for inviting each of us to serve you through the gift of our lives. In response to your call we again say, “Yes.” Keep us faithful to your mission and our vocation. And, gracious Lord, we ask that you inspire more women and men of faith and compassion to ministry, service, and leadership. Fill them with your Spirit of wisdom and grace to proclaim the Good News, to bring peace and hope into their situations, and to witness your presence among us. May those who are [...]

true joy

By |2012-08-29T16:08:17+00:00September 3rd, 2012|church life, discipleship, faith, leadership, personal, theology, writing|

"This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; the being a force of nature instead of a feverish, selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy. I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community, and as long as I live it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can. I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work the more I live. I rejoice [...]