Remember, Remember

Remember, remember the fifth of November...and the fact that you're still a student. Three papers to write this weekend. Two science tests to study for. And Hartree-Fock approximations to tackle. Unfortunately, this leaves so little time for quilting and knitting and all things fiber. I did, however, read a wonderful book by Mark Labberton titled The Dangerous Act of Loving Your Neighbor while enjoying a chai latte at Honey downtown Glen Ellyn. I highly suggest that you read this book. It's honest, insightful, and kindly convicting.

Here is an excerpt (slightly paraphrased):

"Lord, open and soften my heart today. You have been so generous toward me. May I give out of all I have and even out of what I think I don't have. Help me to see and respond to my neighbor as you do. Use and meet me as I walk down the street, stand in line, engage with students at the college post office window, study physical chemistry, take pictures of refugees, knit hats. Use my gifts and life as I am working, playing, relaxing. Take my time. Take my money. Take my power. Take my powerlessness. Take my weariness. Take my fears. Take my tongue. Take my questions. All that I have and all that I don't have are in your hands. Amen."