How Lost I Would Be

Our God, who has loved us with an everlasting love:
We confess that we have doubted Your love when
we have not gotten what we wanted,
when we have lost that which was precious to us,
when we have been hurt by others,
when we have had to endure suffering,
when we have been lonely,
when we have been humbled by the circumstances of life.
Forgive us for grumbling and complaining,
for envying others,
for coveting their lives,
for fantasizing our lives away.
We repent of such an evil thought, that You do not love us,
and look to the cross that through the death of Jesus we may be forgiven and never again doubt Your love. 

This prayer hit me squarely in the heart this morning. To think that even for a moment I could believe Jesus doesn’t love me seems impossible — yet I know that my own actions and thoughts make that statement every day. Jesus, oh Jesus, who knows me well and loves me still — without Him, how lost I would be.

Basically the Coolest Guy I Know

My dad: king of the selfie

My dad: king of the selfie

I’ve known my dad for quite a while now. And yet I am still surprised at the things I learn about this guy with every passing year. He is a man of science and a man of mystery novels. A man of both NPR and the Bible. I’m pretty sure — as I piece together small clues — that he was doing awesome things during the Cold War. And, as I have just discovered, he is King of the Selfie.

All these things and so many more — the most amazing guy I know.

Alleluia!

Happy Easter eggs

One with the Father, Ancient of Days,
Through the Spirit who clothes faith with certainty,
Honour and blessing, glory and praise
To the King crowned with power and authority!
And we are raised with Him,
Death is dead, love has won, Christ has conquered;
And we shall reign with Him,
For He lives: Christ is risen from the dead.

–From Resurrection Hymn by Stuart Townsend and Keith Getty

Lovely Love Poems: Steadfast

Because I first learned these verses as a song. And because this love is the one that matters most.

The Steadfast Love of the Lord

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases,
His mercies never come to an end,
They are new every morning, new every morning,
Great is Thy faithfulness, O God,
Great is Thy faithfulness.

Thirty Days of Thanks – #10-11

30 Days of Thanks

Nov. 10: An abundance of blessings so great that ennui is even possible.

Nov. 11: From church today. Amen and amen.

Almighty God, Father of all mercies, we who are humbled in Your presence, give You thanks for all Your goodness and lovingkindness to us. 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. Please, we pray, give us such an awareness of Your mercies, that with truly thankful hearts we may declare Your worth 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.

Adapted from the prayers of St. John Chrysostom, 5th century