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[Thoughts from the conference where I’ll be this week: Writing and the Pastoral Life. I’m in rural Minnesota, at St. John’s University and Abbey]

A prayer as I’m trying to figure out what it is to be both a writer and a pastor– as I realize that I’m tired and burned out, but that there is still a longing in me for something more.

God, make me a vessel. Set me on fire.

Remind me of my calling, reignite my flame.

Give me a voice, and something worth saying.

Wake me up–today.

And again tomorrow,

and tomorrow’s tomorrow.