ready to encounter you

Walk Mission Trip Woman Person Lonely Cross
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Lord! Going out from this silence,
   teach me to be more alert, humble, expectant,
   than I have been in the past:
 ever more ready to encounter you
   in quiet, homely ways:
 in every appeal to my compassion,
   every act of unselfish love
     which shows up and humbles my imperfect love,
   may I recognize you:
 still walking through the world.
Give me that grace of simplicity
   which alone can receive mystery.

Come and abide with me!
Meet me, walk with me!
Enlighten my mind!

And then, Come in! Enter my humble life
   with its poverty and limitations
   as you entered the stable in Bethlehem,
   the workshop of Nazareth,
   the cottage of Emmaus.
Bless and consecrate the material
   of that small and ordinary life.
Feed and possess my soul.

Evelyn Underhill, 1875 – 1941, English author and mystic

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So do not fear, for I am with you;
    do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
    I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

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