Saturday, October 18, 2014

Love Notes

Based on Jeremiah 21:1-22:30, Psalm 119:9-26, 1 Thessalonians 5:1-28.

Heavenly Father, You have called us! You say that You are faithful to keep us and to sanctify us completely -- and to preserve us blameless at the coming of Your Son, our Savior and LORD of our lives, Jesus Christ. Thank You for imparting Your Spirit into us that we may live together with Him who died on our behalf whether we wake or sleep. We are sons (and daughters!) of light and of the day, thanks to You, O Father, through Your Word made manifest in Christ Jesus. 

With our whole hearts, we rejoice and pray in everything --  giving thanks, for this is Your will in Christ for us. We will not forget Your Word, nor wander from Your care and keeping. With our whole hearts we seek You, testing all things, holding fast to what is good, and abstaining from every form of evil. We stand with Your prophet, Jeremiah, who prayed, "O earth, earth, earth, hear the Word of the LORD!" 

We dedicate our hearts to rejoicing in Your way, meditating on Your precepts, and contemplating You for Who You Are. We delight in You Are and in the relationship You have opened to us by Your Word.  We take heed! We die daily! We enter into Your Fullness of Life we thank You for the unity of fellowship with one another.

Therefore, with our lips we proclaim the Word that You have hidden in our hearts: that You live in us by Your Holy Spirit  and that, by Your Forgiveness and Grace through Christ, we have Your gift of Direct Connect. We will persevere to obtain the Mind of Christ, seeking always knowledge of Your will for us, O GOD, and Your power to carry it out. For myself I say this: I rejoice to go forth this day to love and serve You, to exhort and warn those who do not pursue what us good both for themselves and for all, and to comfort those who are faint-hearted as the violence on earth increases like the pains of a woman in labor. 

Thank You for causing us to cry aloud and pray, "O earth, earth, earth, hear the Word of the LORD!"

This photograph is by Kristofer Rowe.

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