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In returning and rest, you shall be saved;

in quietness and trust shall be your strength.

Isaiah 30. 15

Within most of us there is a mourning,

an empty space which was once filled

or which we expected to fill,

a sense of ourselves which is no longer there,

a way of being and living which has gone.

Within us there is a loss,

a grieving for something held precious.

In this moment we claim the dignity of our human journey,

our travelling with a grief.

In self-respect we claim it for ourselves

and in compassion, we honour it in others.

In faith, we lay it before a loving God.

It is like a white light which burns within us

in the dignity of our living.

Dorothy McRae-McMahon

O Holy God, open unto me......

light for my darkness,

courage for my fear, hope for my despair.

O loving God, open unto me.....

wisdom for my confusion,

forgiveness for my sins, love for my hate.

O God of peace, open unto me.....

peace for my turmoil,

joy for my sorrow, strength for my weakness.

O generous God, open my heart to receive all your gifts.

Howard Thurman

A sense of expectancy, a glimpse of future possibility, a vivid imagination.

For God's creation is not done.

We are called to pioneer a future yet unnamed. As we venture forward, we leave behind our desire for a no-risk life,

worldly accumulations,

certainty of answers.

Susan Gregg-Schroeder

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