This week will be a busy week – not only are we heading towards Pentecost and the wonderful celebration of God’s richly diverse multicultural future family, but we are also still in the midst of the busiest garden season of the year and I am getting ready for more upcoming garden seminars. The next seminar will be in Lynden Washington May 22nd. If you are interested you can read the details and register here. As well as that there will be a shorter Saturday morning seminar at Rosewood Manor Edmonds on May 29th – for details and to register email firstname.lastname@example.org
As well at that, next week the MSA staff will be on retreat for a couple of days discerning God’s way forward for the future. I love the opportunity to get away like this and reflect together on our mission and calling as well as taking time to listen to God’s voice. Part of what it makes me aware of is that God can speak through all of us and we need to make sure that we take time and make space for everyone to contribute – even Catie and Gabriel may hear God’s voice for us.
Thinking about this reminded me of this prayer I wrote a couple of weeks ago after reading Friendship at the Margins by Christine Pohl and Christopher Heuertz. It is a prayer that reminds me that even as we focus on our work and our own organization that we must not forget the others that we are joined together with around the world. We are all part of the same family and in some ways all part of the same work that God is doing. God can speak through them too even though they are not together with us.
God you call us your friends
Not just one but all
Not just rich but poor
Not just old but young
Befriended made family,
Together with those at the margins
No longer servants,
We live in the light of your goodness
We live in the lght of your love
Renewed as we share the mind of Christ
Renewed with the abandoned and abused
Welcomed, cherished, restored
With transformed minds and renewed hearts.
So as I prepare this week I would appreciate your prayers that in the midst of our time away we will listen carefully to all the voices through which God is speaking and that we would hear clearly the way forward for us as individuals and for MSA as a team.