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A Prayer | Seminary Student Blogger

September 17, 2013

Amy Gannett

Our good and gracious Father,

Here we stand at the precipice of many good things:

Classes we have long awaited,
Community we have long anticipated,
And nothing but time for the two to sweetly mingle.

We are eager to delve into Your good things,
and fervently we stretch our hands open
towards You
to partake of Your abundant gifts.

We will sit in our classes with new notebooks
and freshly sharpened pencils.
We will open new books and make friends with their contents.
We will puzzle in the library over vocabulary and exegesis papers
and watch the leaves turn just outside our windows
with mystery and awe.

Yes, it feels we are at the door to Open Spaces
and You have opened it to us.

But before we rush through her frame,
before we adventure out into all the good You have for us,
we choose to pause here for a moment.

We dare not be a healed leper who does not think to thank.

Thank You, good and gracious Father.

Thank You, Giver of all gifts.

For all this is Your doing,
and nothing we have comes from any other hand.

Thank You, Teacher and Master.

Thank You, Companion and Friend.

Here at the beginning of good things
we turn our faces to You
with joy and gratitude.

Thank You.


Hi, friend. I'm Amy. Mostly, I’m just another twenty-something trying to figure out the stuff of life. I am a nerdy seminary student who loves the smell of old books and early mornings in the library. I am an artist wanabee, a liberal to the conservative and conservative to the liberal, guilty social justice groupie, and a recovering Bible know-it-all with the unreal ability to put my foot in my mouth an astonishing number of times each day. I am a sister to eight of the most hysterical creatures ever created. Good theology, used book stores, and autumn make me giddy. I preach passionately, think deeply, and ask too many questions. I write prayers, poetry and prose. I write about preaching bad and good, gender roles in the Church, the sacraments, stupid things we do on Sunday, politics, and almost everything else that you are not supposed to discuss in polite company. I also blog at oneyellowbird.blogspot.com. Welcome to the journey.

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