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For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be … Continue reading
I love that the story we celebrate at Christmas comes to us in so many voices. Matthew’s gospel begins with a list—at first glance it looks just like a boring, skip-to-the-end family tree. On closer inspection it is a beautiful … Continue reading
William Barclay penned the following prayer–may it be yours today as you receive the ministry of Word and worship:
O God, our Father, you are Truth; give us your truth.
Help us to see the truth about ourselves, that we may see ourselves as we really are, and not as we think we are.
Help us to see the truth about life, that we may see what we ought to do, and not only what we want to do.
Help us to see the truth about you, that we may really know your wisdom and your love,
so that we may trust you wholly and obey your fully: through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
My heart shrugs. If hope is a stirring that makes the heart look forward to another day, then apathy must be hope’s kryptonite. Maybe it’s fatigue, or the onset of fall, or the fact that my refrigerator smells like death … Continue reading
GIVE US… Oh, give us heavenly wisdom, Lord, That all the windings of the way And all the questions of the day Shall find us loyal to Thy word. Oh, give us courage, patience, song– The song that sings and … Continue reading
“Pray without ceasing.” ~I Thessalonians 5:17 Let me state the obvious: When we are much in need we should pray. Having grown up in the church, I have heard so much about prayer. Yet it remains a bit of an … Continue reading
O God, you are our refuge.
When we are exhausted by life’s efforts;
When we are bewildered by life’s problems;
When we are wounded by life’s sorrows;
We come for refuge to you.
O God, you are our strength.
When our tasks are beyond our powers;
When our temptations are too strong for us;
When duty calls for more than we have to give it;
We come for strength to you.
O God, it is from you that all goodness comes.
It is from you that our ideals come;
It is from you that there comes to us the spur of high desire and the restraint of conscience,
It is from you that there has come the strength to resist temptation,
and to do any good thing.
And now as we pray to you,
Help us to believe in your love,
so that we may be certain that you will hear our prayer;
Help us to believe in your power,
so that we may be certain that you are able to do for us above all that we ask or think;
Help us to believe in your wisdom,
so that we may be certain that you will answer,
not as our ignorance asks,
but as your perfect wisdom knows best.
All this we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.
~William Barclay, from A Barclay Prayer Book
A PERSONAL INVOCATION
O Love of God, descend into my heart;
Enlighten the dark corners of this neglected dwelling,
And scatter there Your cheerful beams.
Dwell in the soul that longs to be Your temple;
Water that barren soil overrun with weeds and briars
And lost for lack of cultivating.
Make it fruitful with Your dew.
Come, dear Refreshment of those who languish;
Come, Star and Guide of those who sail amidst tempests.
You are the Haven of the tossed and shipwrecked.
Come now, Glory and Crown of the living,
As well as the Safeguard of the dying.
Come, Sacred Spirit;
Come, and fit me to receive You.
~St. Augustine (354-430 C.E.)
There are things I don’t pray about. It’s not as if I don’t believe they’re matters important enough for prayer. They are simply situations that escape the attention of my prayers. I find myself frequently asking, “Why didn’t I pray … Continue reading