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Pastor Barbara L. Morrison

God's Kingdom Coming

     Recently I’ve enjoyed recognizing many examples of God’s response to our repeated prayer, “Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” I’ve witnessed heaven on earth in the ecumenical National Day of Prayer on May 4, the vibrant leadership of younger pastors in our presbytery on April 29, and our delightful visit with Brad and Mary Sue Rohwer on April 30 (summarized on page 3 of this issue).

     Another glimpse of heaven was the May 3 celebration of completing Wellstreams, the program of formation and preparation in the art of spiritual direction in which I’ve been engaged. Three years of projects, presentations, and practice have been amazing testimonies to God’s unique transformative work, opening me and my classmates to become more authentically who God envisions. I’m now more ready to pass it on the gift I’ve valued from so many others.

     During the closing ritual, we remembered many aspects of our experience, including all those who have supported and encouraged us. Surrounding our assembled family, friends, teachers, supervisors, and colleagues, we raised our hands in grateful blessing for them and the ones praying for us in other places, including YOU. I couldn’t have done it without you!

     May God bless YOU:

          For sustaining levity while you supported us
          For providing technical support
          For listening hearts
          For inviting us to share our journey
          For your sacrifice and your tolerance in giving us time and space
          For the gift of time away
          For waiting for us
          For the investment in us by families and faith communities
          For learning alongside us
          For prayer support
          For carrying the burden in our absence
          For allowing, accepting, and trusting the changes in us

    May God bless YOU.