Thea, I overheard the table conversation of some followers of the Way. One said to the other, "All paths lead to God." The other replied, "None come to the Father except through Jesus." I bit my tongue, and wondered if I should share the good news of you. In the end I remained silent, knowing that's what I would want if the tables were turned. Give me the grace to love the hearts of those who believe only-through-Jesus, and give me the grace to love the many paths that lead to you. Amen.
Thea, for three weeks I've swum the choppy waters of writing, and several times I've nearly drowned. Each time, my endurance has emerged as victor. Grant me the inspiration to continue this swim to the end, even though my muscles are fatigued and I yearn to rest. Amen.
Thea, when the opportunity for leadership lands in my lap, help me to discern if it's what I really want, rather than merely what I think will make me look good. If it is what I want, help me not to underestimate the role I choose to play. Amen.