Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Tuesday Prayer

I am praying again, Awesome One.

You hear me again, as words
from the depths of me
rush toward you in the wind.

I've been scattered in pieces,
torn by conflict
mocked by laughter...

I yearn to be held
in the great hands of your heart -
oh let them take me now.
Into them I place these fragments, my life,
and you, God - spend them, however you want.

words: Rainer Maria Rilke
photo: if you know the provenance of this photo, please let me know so I can give proper credit.


Teri said...

well, I am in my second week of going it alone, and today I have an interview with the third and final of our interim candidates. Please pray for discernment that we might choose the interim who God is calling to us and who will lead us through the transition to a new pastor.

Also, I am preaching for the next four weeks in a row, something I've never done before, while being the only pastor here AND while starting up the new program year. Please pray for my sanity!!

And, last but not least, a woman in my congregation lost her brother (age 37) suddenly last week, apparently to a drug overdose, and it's possible it was a suicide. Please pray for Trisha's family and for me as I figure out how to do the memorial service for a troubled young man I never met and for a family deeply divided and lacking spiritual direction and comfort.

Thanks friends....

Teri said...

(PS--I know other people preach all the time and do all the program year stuff, so I hope that didn't sound martyr-ish. It just stresses me out that I'm essentially the acting head-of-staff when I feel pretty clearly called to be an associate....okay, breathing...)

Mother Laura said...

Praying, Teri--that sure is a lot on your plate. May it happen with peace and ease.

Juniper said...

You are in my prayers - blessings as you bite off that big preaching schedule, and everything else!

Songbird said...

Teri, that's a lot for anyone. Bless you.
This is the week I've been anticipating since the first suggestion last September that I consider whether I have a call to be a New Church planter. I'm in Atlanta for the New Church Leadership conference given by the UCC. It feels so right, and yet so terrifying! I would appreciate prayers as I discern what's next.
Healthwise, I've been engaged in a decrease of prednisone, as the doctor hoped to have me off it in two weeks. But the first day of the most recent reduced dose, my fingers, wrists and toes began to swell almost immediately. So I'll be staying at 5 mg a day for another month. I'm disappointed; I was hopeful the methotrexate was working better. But we won't know that for sure until I've been on it for 12 weeks, and that will coincide with the new date for reducing the prednisone.
I'm sure that is clear as mud, and all that is to say thank you for your prayers about my health, and further prayers would be appreciated.

Mother Laura said...

Praying, Songbird. Sorry for the disappointment and excited about the new possibility for you.

Juniper said...

sb -- you are holding so much right now. prayers in the anticipation and the worry and the wonder.

Juniper said...

I'm asking for prayers too, for a guy who's started hanging around the church. He has an incredible, compelling, sad and probably totally untrue story (murdered child, dramatic conversion, rejection by family, stolen passport, lost money...)

I helped him a little, figuring I was beings scammed, but thinking anyone who could make up a story as outrageous as his would need help even if it wasnt true. But he's going to need a lot more help either way, and he's about tapped out what we can do here, so please pray for him.

(I cant tell you his name, because he's given at least 3 different ones.)

Mary Beth said...

Prayers for Teri and the family of the young man; for Songbird; for Juniper's fellow.