The last confirmation class of teenagers decided to take apart our statement of faith, build collages on sections of it, and then rewrite it in their own words. And a while back I promised I'd post it. Plus, I found a benediction I just died over after all the Bleach stuff I've been writing, it really fits.
The benediction is short... so it first.
Jesus said, "You ought always to pray and not to faint."
Do not pray for easy lives; pray to be stronger women and men
Do not pray for tasks equal to your powers; but for power equal to your tasks.
Then the doing of your work will be no miracle -- you will be the miracle.
Every day you will wonder at yourself and the richness of life,
which has come to you by the grace of God.
Now the youths' Statement of Faith:
We believe in you, O God, Eternal Spirit,
God of our Savior Jesus Christ and our God,
And to your deeds we testify.
We believe that your creation is awesome!
We see all the amazing and awesome people you have created,
And all the animals and plants, even insects.
We see how you choose the day of our birth
And the day of our death, when we return to you.
You look with special love to help everyone from being pointless and doing horrible things.
You compare people and nations to your perspective
As proclaimed by the prophets an disciples, both ancient and modern.
We are the ambassadors of God! Jesus came and taught us that suffering is an opportunity to practice faith and show compassion.
You give us the courage to look deeper into everyday things,
To find the extraordinary in the ordinary, the friend in the stranger,
Refreshing us, forgiving us, and letting us forgive ourselves and others.
You gather us into your community to walk in your footsteps.
To practice compassion and hospitality, to celebrate what's right in your world
And overcome that which is wrong. To receive the gift of your spirit
And to share your bread with those who are forgotten.
To live into your vision for all human kind.