We would be,
all of us,
detained at heaven’s border,
illegal immigrants all;
from our loved ones;
Were it not
for God’s outrageous mercy,
his willingness to spend
his very life
so that we
not only citizens of his realm,
but his very sons and daughters,
sharing his home,
his very life.
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You cannot tell me who I am, and I cannot tell you who you are. If you do not know your own identity, who is going to identify you? Others can give you a name or a number, but they can never tell you who you really are. That is something you yourself can only discover from within.
— Thomas Merton, No Man Is an Island
May the peace of the Lord Christ go with you : wherever he may send you;
may he guide you through the wilderness : protect you through the storm;
may he bring you home rejoicing : at the wonders he has shown you;
may he bring you home rejoicing : once again into our doors.
Claiborne, Shane. Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals (p. 50). Zondervan. Kindle Edition.