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Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Wednesday Festival: To Thrive

This week, I wrote about the first time I heard God's voice. The more I listen to God, the better off I am. Funny about that!

Deb says: "I’m doing some intense thinking, reading and writing this week on sexual violence and the attending issues for pastoral care. My reading list is huge and the questions immense. I’m working primarily from the position of the needs of the “thriver” (aka victim or survivor). At the same time, I want to recognize the societal ills that cause “rape” to be under-reported. I don’t want to give perpetrators a pass… but neither do I want to treat them any less humanely than they treat those they rape. Somehow, I don’t see Jesus being vindictive…"

She has created a Zoomerang survey here. Please help her if you are able.

This is the first time I've heard the term "thrive" used in this way and it fascinates me.

I pray that all of us are focusing on thriving in God, in the weeks that surround us. It seems (from this seat) that most of the big and temporal things one could name are in chaos right now. The markets. The wars. The US elections. And that's just taking it from one USAmerican's perspective, admittedly a place where even our big problems can seem awfully privileged. (Though not to those worrying about making the next mortgage payment...etc.)

May we turn ever more to the source of our Being in these days, and to the comfort we find in our communities of faith, including this one.

Please share with us in the comments what you are writing, thinking, praying about.


  1. I am writing about my version of surviving - thriving being still a long distance off -- over at Search the Sea.

  2. I haven't been on for a while... but i HAVE to share a story that a friend/colleague created. You can see it on my site.


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