Monday, October 22, 2007

The work that gives life a human face

My friend Dan pointed out this excerpt from Daniel Berrigan's book Isaiah exploring 33:2. In light of recent struggles we have been experiencing in our neighborhood, I feel a slight struggle to wake up and try it all again. Berrigan captures the ache of waking up, intending to go out again and turning the morning into a prayer of hope for the day ahead:
"One thinks of the difficulty of starting anew each day. One is haunted by a conviction that one's work will never be finished as long as life lasts... What one sees one undoubtedly will continue to see into the indefinite future...
The morning prayer day after day, year after year, makes the long haul bearable. Life, and the work that gives life a human face, must be renewed, started over, again and yet again... To pray... is to taste death, to let go, cut loose. The world is in better hands than ours even though it is also in our hands."
I'm so thankful for the work that gives life a human face.

1 comment:

chanchanchepon said...

Cool stuff girl!

I heard this quote on an airplane once, and it has stuck with me ever since. It was actually as I was leading a mission team to Amsterdam on our arrival.

"To the world you may just be one person, but to one person you may just be the world."

Good things to remember as we live our lives by laying them down daily for the sake of the gospel.