Lord, you have exalted your name above the heavens. Your name means grace and peace and wonder to all who speak it in faith and love. You have chosen to use weak and broken vessels to be your eyes and hands and feet in this world. It seems, Lord, that you often pass your glory through the ordinary, the fragile, the imperfect.
In this, Lord, we are honored – but humbled.
You ask us to mirror grace, love and faithfulness to the world – the very grace, love and faithfulness eloquently displayed in Jesus Christ. Through him, you promise to give us all we need to live rich and holy lives in our communities, our families and in this world.
Mysterious God, what a great salvation.
We sinned, you forgave.
We turned away, you gave chase.
We rebelled, you paid for it.
We forgot, you remembered.
We are often faithless, you are ever faithful.
We complain, you are patient!
Lord, do not allow us to make excuses for ourselves, hiding as we do in the limits of our humanness. Although we are perfectly aware of how inadequate we are to the task, help us to see ourselves as you do, as reconcilers, as peacemakers, as redeemed kingdom builders. If we are dull, make us shine. Lord, take these imperfect jars of clay and make them to be holy cups of pure grace, forged in your desires for us.
Make it so.
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