Faith is not a noun. Suzanne Boyd
Too often we put ourselves down for not having enough faith. We think it is something that we “have.” Faith is reaching out each moment no matter how we feel. It is a word that calls us to action. Faith is a verb. We have to use it. We have to step out in faith no matter how we feel. Feelings get in the way. Choose to ACT in faith.
Gracious Lord, help us to take action for you each and every day. AMEN
Infinite, intimate God; this night you kneel before your friends and wash our feet. Bound together in your love, trembling, we drink your cup and watch. From the New Zealand Prayer Book: Maundy Thursday prayer.
This is one of my favorite prayers for several reasons. I want to talk about one. I don’t think before this I ever heard God called infinite and intimate. What a wonderful image. This is what many people would call an oxymoron (two things that don’t fit together). God is both with us in every moment and so infinite we cannot grasp it. How can this be? Yet He is God!
Infinite, intimate God, help us to see that you are all things and with you anything is possible. AMEN
It seems to me that the striving for power in this world is one of the greatest evils. The need to feel yourself more powerful than someone else is addicting. The thing is God calls us to be servants. Servants are not the people in charge. If we love others we do not wish to feel more important than them. We want to uphold them and help them to be the best they can be. Remember that we are called to love.
Forgiving God, help us to push down the desire to be more powerful than others. Those who love seek love not power. AMEN
The love of liberty is the love of others; the love of power is the love of ourselves.
There are so many people striving for power. It seems to be an addiction that consumes everything. . Nothing satisfies except more power. I wonder if it even satisfies those who become president. In the struggle to be on top people are not important. This is such a devastating way to live. I’m not even sure that those who live this way actually love themselves. This is not the way God calls us to live. We are called to love God and love others. In the process we are also asked to love ourselves because God love us. His love provides us with all the self worth we need. We just have to recognize it.
Loving God, thank you for seeing us as your children and for loving us. Help us to know your love and be fulfilled.