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As we round the bend to the conclusion of our work here in St. Louis, we face the most crucial of our tasks now. We will take two days to consider who will lead us through the next six years of our life together. We have already plotted much of the work before us and we know that we are all responsible to one another but the final piece of the puzzle that will guide us to 2025 is yet to be put in place.

I found a prayer this morning that may be just the thing to accompany us on this last segment of our time together. Please pray for us.

“God of all mercies, draw me ever deeper into the Mercy in which I live and move and have my being. Grant me the courage to have mercy on myself and on my neighbor. Deliver me from judging harshly. Gentle my heart, for your love’s sake. Amen.”
          (Mary C. Earle, The Desert Mothers)