This past weekend I gathered with friends, some old and some brand new, for the first ever Giving Voice Retreat for Sisters in their 40s at my community's vacation house outside of Seattle.
In gratitude for all that you've done to serve Giving Voice so well, we offer you this blessing:
May you know God's love and the gratitude of your Giving Voice sisters for the ways in which you've offered your gifts to serve us. We pray in thanksgiving for the ways in which you donated such time and talent to us.
May you continue to grow in relationship with sisters in Giving Voice, sisters in yours and other communities, and with the people of God.
May you recognize the ways in which you've grown from having served on the GV leadership team.
May you continue to be effective in your service to others as you work for solidarity and justice in the world.
May your faith propel you forward, enabling you to take "prophetic risk[s] so that God's reign might be more fully realized."
May your next venture be successful and life-giving, and may you know God's presence with you as you move forward into something new.
May your prayer be fruitful and intimate.
And may you always know God's immense love for you, God's tender care of you, and God's guidance of you.
With your sisters, we pray: "In unity with the church and with all of creation we give praise and thanks to the Giver of all gifts. We open ourselves to the liberating power of God whose Spirit in us leads to peace."