As I mentally prepare myself for China, I can relate to this prayer below.
“O God of beginnings,
As your spirit moved over the face of the deep, on the first day of creation,
Move with me now in my time of beginnings,
When the air is rain-washed, the bloom is on the bush, and the world seems fresh and full of possibilities, and I feel ready and full.
I tremble on the edge of a maybe,
A first time, a new thing, a tentative start,
And a wonder of it lays its finger on my lips.
In silence, Lord, I share now my eagerness and my uneasiness about this something different I would be or do;
And I listen for your leading, to help me separate the light from the darkness,
In the change I seek to shape, and which is shaping me. Amen."
In a couple of days I head off to a new beginning. I hope to keep you updated with my new adventures and my new experiences.