Ladybug’s Tabernacle Welcome to the tabernacle of the ladybug!Join us in our opening hymn, The Glory of the Tree. Glory, Glory, Glory to the highest.Glory, Glory, Glory to the tree. Gracious Tree of Life, You precede our needs with a path laid in wisdom.The crooked cracks of your bark lead us to sustenance.Grant us the wisdom to walk the labyrinth of crevices.Relying on you to provide the guidance we need.To arrive at the life-giving source. In the name of the Tree, the Leaf, and the Aphid, Amen. © 2009, Terri Stewart Inspired by photography of Christine Valters Paintner of Abbey of the Arts.
I met Perpetua today.Ready to die, to sacrifice all.For the sake of a child. Her child clinging.Unaware of the rising trauma.Taken away to a forsaken father. “Renounce Christianity and you will be saved!Your child returned to you.Your home restored to wholeness.” Perpetua does not flinch.She steps forward.Recanting the family. Soldiers rise on their toes.Readying for battle.A jumping of the broomstick. Divorcing the family that once enslaved.She calmly faces each one.Taking punishment for freedom. © 2009, Terri Stewart This is written to honor the courage and strength of a young woman who is being jumped-out of a gang. She is doing it for her child and for God. Perpetua was an early Christian martyr who, while imprisoned, kept her child with her for a time. She was imprisoned for the sa
God of all, your love never ends.When all else fails, you still are God.We pray to you for one another in our need, and for all, anywhere, who mourn with us this day.To those who doubt, give light; to those who are weak, strength; to all who sorrow, your peace.Keep true in us the love with which we hold one another.In all our ways we trust you.And to you, with your church on earth and in heaven, we offer honor and glory, now and forever.Amen. O God, all that you have given us is yours.As first you gave Sarah to us, so now we give Sarah back to you.Receive Sarah into the arms of your mercy.Raise Sarah up with all of your creation.Receive us also, and raise us into a new life.Help us so to love and serve you in this world. Into your hands, O merciful Savior, we commend your servant S