Monday, December 1, 2008
Image: George Mendoza
(With the first Sunday of Advent
a new year begins on the church calendar,
a new year of grace...)
Good morning, good God!
In this year ahead, Lord, I want to offer you more of my heart
than I have in the past...
I offer you the corners of my heart
where I let the weeds grow wild:
Lord, help me weed out
whatever does not nourish my life and soul...
I offer you the closets of my heart,
stuffed with old grudges and resentments:
Lord, help me discard anything
that fails to help me grow...
I offer you the boxes of wasted time,
the cartons of foolishness
and the bags of misspent effort that clutter my heart:
Lord, help me clear out the trash of my failures
and give me a new beginning...
And I offer you the cellar of my heart, Lord,
where a locked trunk of hurt and anger
aches to be opened:
with the key of your healing open me to your grace...
I offer you my heart's hopes and dreams, Lord,
for this new year of grace:
my pledge to pray more regularly;
my desire to grow in your grace;
my need to rely on your wisdom and your word;
my promise to ask you for help each day;
my word that I'll be forgiving of those who offend me
and more generous to those in need;
and my longing to love and serve others more faithfully...
I offer you this new year, Lord,
and ask for the strength and resolve I need
to live it as one
worthy of the name Christian,
ready for the work of a disciple,
confident of your presence in everything I do
and in all I meet and know...
I offer you the new year ahead, Lord
- one day at a time -
and I pray for the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change,
the courage to change the things I can
and the wisdom to know the difference.
Posted by Concord Pastor at 5:30 AM