Powerful Prayer

I try to spend time each morning in Scripture and prayer, and one habit I am developing is doing the liturgical daily office, and specifically the morning prayer. I may write more about that later, but in short it’s a combination of written prayers and Scripture.

This morning, the prayer of General Thanksgiving really stuck out to me. It essentially closed the service. I can’t help but wonder what the church would be like if we prayed this prayer, and lived it out in the strength and mercy of God.

“Almighty God, Father of all mercies, we your unworthy servants give you humble thanks for all your goodness and loving-kindness to us and to all whom you have made. We bless you for our creation, preservation, and all the blessings of this life; but above all for your immeasurable love in the redemption of the world by our Lord Jesus Christ; for the means of grace, and for the hope of glory. And, we pray, give us such an awareness of your mercies, that with truly thankful hearts we may show forth your praise, not only with our lips, but in our lives, by giving up our selves to your service, and by walking before you in holiness and righteousness all our days; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be honor and glory throughout all ages. Amen.”

Life Happens…..

Life happens, doesn’t? Well it has for me, at least….I started this blog well over a year ago, but shortly thereafter, my story took an unexpected turn. And then a few months ago, things had started to calm done a little bit, and I thought I’d have some time to write…but not so much.

My summer combination of a youth ministry and preaching internship with a full (albeit online) course load kept me from doing much writing at all. And now, I am getting back into the swing of things at school, for my final quarter. Writing time will be almost certainly be nonexistent. I’m taking 25(!) credit hours (including upper-level Greek), actively involved in leadership for two campus ministries, involved with three (including my home) churches, preaching at least five times at various places this quarter, reconnecting with old friends while making new ones, applying for grad school (Rochester College), reading a stack of books that just seems to keep growing (I bought 5 yesterday), looking for my first full-time ministry position, trying to prepare for that ministry, getting back in shape, and beginning the wedding-planing process. But I still want to make a point to do a little bit of writing, for my own sake.

“He dies for lack of discipline…” —Proverbs 5.23

I may adopt Mitchell Powell‘s approach of tweet-like posts at times, but we’ll see. I do know that time for proof reading will be scarce, so I apologize for the multiplicity of typos and poorly worded sentences that are sure to abound!

So even though life happens, I want to make sure this blog happens too. We’ll see how that goes!

Grace and peace,

bms