Wednesday, December 11, 2013

oh, tidings of comfort and joy.

"...'Well,' says one, 'I have room for him,
but I am not worthy that he should come to me.'
Ah! I did not ask about worthiness;
have you room for him?

'Oh! But I feel it is a place not at all fit for Christ!'
Nor was the manger a place fit for him,
and yet there was he laid.

'Oh! but I have been such a sinner;
I feel as if my heart had been a den of beasts and devils!'
Well, the manger had been a place where beasts had fed.

Have you room for him?

Never matter what the past has been; he can forgive and forget.
It mattereth not what even the present state may be if thou mournest it.

If thou hast but room for Christ,
He will come
and be thy guest."


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Human Needs Global Resources Covenant, 2009

As fellow travelers on this journey, we commit to this covenant before God. Lord, in Your mercy, hear these our prayers:

When confronted with scarcity, need, and inadequacy, may we be nourished by the Bread of Life and the Cup of Salvation. Abundance overflows from Your table, sustaining all who come in faith. Father, help us.

When monotony blurs our vision and dulls our senses, may we encounter others as Christ did, through intentional presence in daily life, submitting as clay to be formed into vessels filled with the Spirit. Christ, guide us.

When wounded by the fractured condition of Your people, may we be united by Your Lordship in faith, hope, and love; seeing, as through the facets of a diamond, the beautiful spectrum of Your light reflected onto Your holy Church joined in praise. Spirit, empower us.

When all Creation groans, afflicted by injustice and driven to despair, may the promise of redemption root us in the hope of Your Kingdom: "Behold, I am making all things new!"

Holy Trinity, send us now into the world in peace, and grant us strength and courage to love and serve You with gladness and singleness of heart.