“Those who look to him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame.”
Don’t talk on the phone with your mom about how she doesn’t really like your hair long, for example. (just kidding, mom)
Don’t watch TV
Don’t look at Facebook on your phone.
“Daily we give up consciousness in order to grow and be healed, created and saved.”
“The rhythm of breathing, sleeping, and waking is theological as well as biological. It is symbolic of our spiritual and bodily connection. We start in the dark, go to light. We are in the dark in the womb and go to daylight, we also go from death to life with salvation.”
This is one of my favorite prayers(although I’m not sure I’d call it a “prayer”). In this process of trying to release control and surrender, I find comfort here.It reminds me of my limits, my humanity, and my smallness by pointing me to God’s infinite wisdom, power, and plan.
It was written by Oscar Romero.
It helps, now and then, to step back and take a long view.
The kingdom is not only beyond our efforts,
it is even beyond our vision.
We accomplish in our lifetime only a tiny fraction
of the magnificent enterprise that is God’s work.
Nothing we do is complete, which is a way of saying
that the kingdom always lies beyond us.
No statement says all that could be said.
No prayer fully expresses our faith.
No confession brings perfection.
No pastoral visit brings wholeness.
No program accomplishes the church’s mission.
No set of goals and objectives includes everything.
This is what we are about.
We plant the seeds that one day will grow.
We water seeds already planted,
knowing that they hold future promise.
We lay foundations that will need further development.
We provide yeast that produces far beyond our capabilities.
We cannot do everything, and there is a sense of liberation
in realizing that. This enables us to do something,
and to do it very well. It may be incomplete,
but it is a beginning, a step along the way,
an opportunity for the Lord’s grace to enter and do the rest.
We may never see the end results, but that is the difference
between the master builder and the worker.
We are workers, not master builders; ministers, not messiahs.
We are prophets of a future not our own.
We all find our lives in a mess of one sort or another:
We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed.
We are perplexed and not sure what to do, but we aren’t driven to despair because we know You know what to do.
We are hunted down, but are never abandoned by You.
We get struck down, but we are not destroyed.
We neglect those who are hurting around us.
We often live according to the patterns of this broken world, trusting in our own words, strengths and abilities.
We doubt your power and presence – the same power that brought you back to life.
We ask for your forgiveness.
“Underneath her obedient life is a sense of helplessness. It has become part of her very nature…almost like breathing. Why? Because she is weak. She can feel her restless heart, her tendency to compare herself with others. She is shocked at how jealousy can well up in her. She notices how easily the world gets its hooks into her. In short, she distrusts herself. When she looks at other people, she sees the same struggles. The world, the flesh, and the Devil are too much for her. The result? Her heart cries out to God in prayer. She needs Jesus.”
Paul Miller A Praying Life
God of the living and the dead, we wail in grief at the pain and loss and horror and distress of our brothers and sisters in Haiti.
We do not understand your ways–that those who already suffer the most, now suffer so much more.
Where people are still breathing under collapsed buildings, give them air and hope and courageous searchers.
Where children are injured or orphaned, find them trusted friends and generous caregivers.
Where despair is infectious and disease or looting spreads, bring patience and forbearance and healing and strength to conquer temptation.
And when others look with compassion from afar, release resources, empower expertise, shape political will, and bring deliverance for your people in their distress.
Through him who was crushed and bruised for us, in the comfort of your Holy Spirit.
Sam Well, Dean of Duke Chapel