Recently, I had the great honor of being asked to give the benediction at Denver Seminary’s graduation. I used a Franciscan Benediction that I believe is appropriate for a seminary graduate but it speaks to what we do at the Mission. This simple prayer has come to mean a lot to me, and I wanted to share it with you:
May God bless you with discomfort at easy answers, half-truths, and superficial relationships, so that you may live deep within your heart.
May God bless you with anger at injustice, oppression, and the exploitation of people, so that you may work for justice, freedom, and peace.
May God bless you with tears to shed for those who suffer from pain, rejection and starvation, so that you may reach out your hand to comfort them and to turn their pain into joy.
And May God bless you with enough foolishness to believe that you can make a difference in the world, so that you can do what others claim cannot be done.
We ask these things in Jesus’ name.
President and CEO
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Changing Lives: July 2019
Also in this issue:
- RiNo 5k
- Wilderness Aware
- A Chaplain’s Care
- Why Denver Rescue Mission Matters