March 6, 2017 | JOHN RAY
“O Lord my God, to you and your service I devote myself, body, soul, and spirit. Fill my memory with the record of your mighty works; enlighten my understanding with the light of your Holy Spirit; and may all the the desires of my heart and will center in what you would have me do. Make me an instrument of your salvation for the people entrusted to my care, and let me by my life and speaking set forth your true and living Word. Be always with me in carrying out the duties of my salvation; in praises heighten my love and gratitude; in speaking of You give me readiness of thought and expression; and grant that, by the clearness and brightness of your Holy Word, all the world may be drawn to your blessed kingdom.
All this I ask for the sake of your Son my savior Jesus Christ. Amen.”
From the Divine Hours
Thanks for everyone’s participation last week. It’s a rare gift to track the work of the Holy Spirit as we did.
A few major themes emerged that I would like us to consider as we move through the rest of the week. We talked about how this process is not so much about gaining new knowledge but a new way of knowing. How doing all this as true and honest community is a necessity and finally how the real gospel is a rejection of the the prosperity gospel in all its forms.
In addition to holding these concepts in your thoughts as you pass through the days, continue to count your blessings as we discussed.
Write them down.
Talk about them with your spouses and kids. It may seem counter-intuitive, here at the start of a season associated with giving things up, to think of all we have. But we gain perspective and motivation when we realize that anything we can give up was first a gift to us.
So this week, make a list of all the things you are grateful for; keep it with you and add to it whenever something comes to mind. Bring your list next Sunday. This is a great practice to do with your kids as well.
Consider also as you practice this week, the following poem:
and keep up with your other Lenten practices. Grace and peace, y’all