I attended a graduation party today. As I wrote a message in the card, I thought about my own feelings of going off to college and leaving home for the first time. This is a huge transition; exciting yet fearful. I return to Brian McLaren’s writing, drawing from St. Francis’ way of prayer: Here I am, Lord. Here you are, Lord. Here we are together. (Pause). Who am I, Lord? Who are you, Lord? Who are we together? This last question can then be answered in a variety of ways, like, “We are singers who fill the earth with harmony. We are warm spring sun and growing seeds. We are builders of a brighter future.”

To be here with God is to be at home, wherever you are. Allowing God to live in our hearts means we can go anywhere, anywhere and we will still be at home.

When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I am not afraid. –Psalm 56:3-4

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