Praying about Change and Identity

As I thought about PCG at this particular moment in its history, two words came to mind, first—change—and then—identity.

Change
I found these pertinent quotes on the internet:

“Change is inevitable…adapting to change is unavoidable, it’s how you do it that sets you together or apart.”

“I cannot say whether things will get better if we change; what I can say is they must change if they are to get better.”

“In a chronically leaking boat, energy devoted to changing vessels is more productive than energy devoted to patching leaks.” Warren Buffett

“Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it’s time to pause and reflect.” Mark Twain

I also looked up a dictionary definition and found: “The transformation or transition from one state, condition, or phase to another.” This seems a fitting definition for PCG at this time of transition.

Identity
That’s what we’re struggling with now. When I was married the first time, I took my husband’s name. We divorced and I took back my maiden name. When I re-married, I made the decision to add my husband’s name to mine. It is more than symbolic for me. We are joined together, but I have not lost my identity. That sounds like what we are in the midst of doing at PCG and CRS.

So how will we handle the changes that are about to take place? The questions without immediate answers include: the new workplace environment, a new executive director to be hired, two boards of directors, goals and visions that must somehow compliment one another.

Of course, it will take thoughtful strategizing and lot of hard work to make these changes happen. But, at least part of the answer can be found by praying.

Will you join me in a prayer written by Ernesto Barros Cardoso of Brazil.

God of Life
Prepare our hands for a touch

A new and different touch

Prepare our hands for a touch

A touch of encounter

A touch of awakening

A touch of hope

A touch of feeling

Many are the worn-out gestures

Many are the movements frozen in time

Many are the useless excuses just to repeat attitudes…

Give us daring

To create new titles of community

New links of affection

Breaking away from old ways of relating,

Encouraging true, meaningful ways to move into closeness.

Lord, help us to encourage meaningful ways to create change without losing our identity and sense of purpose. Open our hearts and minds that you may speak to us as we go forward. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen

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