3 Questions, 2 Prayers, 1 Winner


by Rachel Held Evans Read Distraction Free

3 Questions for you:

1. Which fruit of the spirit did you learn the most about in 2009? (love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control)

2. Which fruit of the spirit do you hope to focus on and grow in 2010? (love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control)

3. What’s your favorite fruit…to eat? 

2 Prayers for a new year:

1. Attributed to St. Francis—

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace:
where there is hatred, let me sow love
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy. 
Good Master, grant
that I may not so much seek to be consoled
as to console,
to be understood as to understand,
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
it is in dying
that we are born to eternal life. 
Amen.

2. Covenant Prayer—

I am no longer my own, but thine. 
Put me to what thou wilt, rank me with whom thou wilt.
Put me to doing, put me to suffering. 
Let me be employed by thee or laid aside for thee,
Exalted for thee or brought now by thee.
Let me be full, let me be empty
Let me have all things, let me have nothing. 
I freely and heartily yield all things to thy pleasure and disposal.
And now, O glorious and blessed God, 
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, thou art mine, and I am thine.  So be it.
And the covenant which I have made on earth, 
Let it be ratified in heaven.

1 Winner of Wednesday’s Haiku contest:

amyb with—

Bailouts, flu, scandals:
All the news that's fit to print
Gets tweeted instead.

I had such a hard time choosing, I had to consult with Dan, who didn’t know the names associated with each entry.  You guys are really creative.  Amy, I’ll drop you an email so you can send me your mailing address. Sorry you have to wait until July to receive your prize! 

Happy New Year, Everyone! (Don't forget to leave a comment about your fruit)

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