Rachel Hackenberg, the Prayer Fairy, says:
Today I am striving to finish packing my office at the church, in
preparation for next week's move to a new state and a new job. As the
shelves are slowly emptied, I find myself reflecting on the ministry
that I am leaving as well as the ministry to which I am going. I wonder
which books will be insightful in new ways, whether I will finally crack
open that second volume of John Calvin, and what to do with the charred
spaghetti pot that I use each year to burn dried palms into ashes for
the start of Lent.
Most of all as I pack, I hold onto the assurance of this good news:
Thus says God, the LORD, who created the heavens and stretched them out,
who spread out the earth and what comes from it, who gives breath to
the people upon it and spirit to those who walk in it: "I am the LORD, that is
my name. The former things have come to pass, and new things I now declare;
before they spring forth, I tell you of them." (Isaiah 42:5 and 8-9, NRSV)
God knows the seasons of our lives that have passed. Indeed, God shaped us through those seasons, worked among us in those seasons, watched over us through those seasons . . . and God's sights are set upon the seasons that we cannot yet see, into which we are called, for which we are given breath!
Write a prayer of preparation for the new things that surely come to each of us, and -- better yet -- for the new things that God has in store for all of creation, the reconciliation and healing that we have not even begun to imagine!
Oh, my God,
That's what I have said a lot over the years.
What I have learned is that change is the constant.
All the years of peace and ease, and the ones of upheaval and frustration
bring me to today.
I am grateful that I am not alone in this
I thank you for speaking to me through people
about your will for me
I pray to listen more than I talk
as I look to the next days
for many friends and their loved ones.