prayer


Rustin shared this at Vox this morning –

Every act of love, gratitude, and kindness; every work of art or music inspired by the love of God and delight in the beauty of his creation; every minute spent teaching a severely handicapped child to read or walk; every act of care and nurture, of comfort and support, for one’s fellow human beings and for that matter one’s fellow nonhuman creatures; and of course every prayer, all Spirit-led teaching, every deed that spreads the gospel, builds up the church, embraces and embodies holiness rather than corruption, and makes the name of Jesus honored in the world—all of this will find its way, through the resurrecting power of god, into the new creation that god will one day make. That is the logic of the mission of God. God’s recreation of his wonderful world, which began with the resurrection of Jesus and continues mysteriously as God’s people live in the risen Christ and in the power of his Spirit, means that what we do in Christ and by the Spirit in the present is not wasted. – N.T. Wright (Suprised by Hope)

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Be persuaded that neither death with its voice of fear, not life with its many cares,

nor the attacks of the enemy that falsely accuse you, nor things present with their pressing claims,

 nor things to come with their dark shadows, nor the height of any mountains that stand in your way,

nor the depths of a great trial that you may walk through, nor any person or circumstance that tries to quench your joy or rob you of your peace,

shall be able to move you away, by even a single inch, from the Love of God that covers and guards your life.  – Based on Romans 8:38-39  (author unknown)

O Divine Master,

Grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;

to be understood, as to understand;

to be loved, as to love;

for it is in giving that we recieve,

it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,

and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

   –   St Francis of Assisi (1181-1226)