God help me,
to discern when to say no
So that I can also say yes.
Help me do the junk,
the stuff that has to get done anyway.
Help me to know when to draw
the boundaries that need to be drawn.
To be healthy
To hold firm
as a complete sentence.
So that when I want to
Say Yes, to something that I am called to
To something that is fulfilling and right
that I can say Yes.
No to overdoing
Yes to stretching
No to bullies
Yes to God.
No to Bigotry
Yes to Welcome
No to busywork
Yes to upholding, enouraging and supporting
No to perfection
Yes to good enough
No to doing everything
Yes to help
God, I give thanks, for all the Holy Nos, and all the Holy Yeses
In my Life.
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Pastor Katy has enjoyed ministry at New Covenant since 2010, where the church has solidified its community focus. Prior to that she studied both Theology and Christian Formation at Princeton Theological Seminary. She also served as an Assistant Chaplain at Trenton Psychiatric Hospital and as the Christian Educational Coordinator at Bethany Presbyterian at Bloomfield, NJ.
She is an writer and is published in Enfleshed, Sermonsuite, Presbyterian's today and Outlook. She writes prayers, liturgy, poems and public theology and is pursuing her doctorate in ministry in Creative Write and Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.
She enjoys working within and connecting to the community, is known to laugh a lot during service, and tells as many stories as possible. Pastor Katy loves reading Science Fiction and Fantasy, theater, arts and crafts, music, playing with children and sunshine, and continues to try to be as (w)holistically Christian as possible.
"Publisher after publisher turned down A Wrinkle in Time," L'Engle wrote, "because it deals overtly with the problem of evil, and it was too difficult for children, and was it a children's or an adult's book, anyhow?" The next year it won the prestigious John Newbery Medal.
Tolkien states in the foreword to The Lord of the Rings that he disliked allegories and that the story was not one. Instead he preferred what he termed "applicability", the freedom of the reader to interpret the work in the light of his or her own life and times.
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