Friday, February 3, 2017

Find Myself

O God,
who am I now?
Once, I was secure
      in familiar territory
      in my sense of belonging
unquestioning of
      the norms of my culture
      the assumptions built into my language
      the values shared by my society.

But now you have called me out and away from home
and I do not know where you are leading.
I am empty, unsure, uncomfortable.
I have only a beckoning star to follow.

Journeying God,
pitch your tent with mine
so that I may not become deterred
by hardship, strangeness, doubt.
Show me the movement I must make
      toward a wealth not depend on possessions
      toward a wisdom not based on books
      toward a strength not bolstered by might
      toward a God not confined to heaven
but scandalously earthed, poor, unrecognized….

Help me to find myself
as I walk in others shoes.

            -Kate Compston in Bread of Tomorrow: Prayers for the Church Year

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