your compassion touches me, consumed in my own agenda;
my outlook is refreshed, making me whole.
Show me the way of mercy for others.
gently you accept the broken fragments I offer,
weaving them into your global work of reconciliation.
Increase my capacity to grace others.
as you constantly attend to my journey,
your familiar voice strengthens, challenges and consoles.
May I also walk faithfully with others.
you offer pardon freely,
moving me on to new levels of commitment.
Empower my heart to forgive others.
your steadfast, unending care for me
Walk with me to live in harmony and love with all people. Amen.
Marian Hostetler grew up in eastern Pennsylvania, is married to Darrel, and they have four living
children, ten grands and five great-grands. They live at Greencroft in Goshen, IN. She is retired from
various pursuits, the most recent being as a spiritual director. She served as Executive Secretary of
WMSC from 1987 to 1996. She is also a contributor to the winter issue of Timbrel.