Sunday, November 7, 2010

A prayer of thanksgiving to the God, Who was, and Is, and Who Is To Come.

Soren Kierkegaard says that the only way of making sense of life is with hindsight, looking back and seeing what God has been doing in our lives. However he continues to say we must move forward with faith, trusting God or the future.

For the Jews to remember was to have faith: as they remembered what God had done for them. It gave them assurance that God could and would act in the present and gave them hope for a future that from our human perspective is always hid over the next horizon or round the next bend or curve that life throws us. A while back I wrote the following prayer as a reflection on the God who was and is and is to come. It still rings as true today as it did when I first penned it.

Eternal God
Who holds our times in your hand
Who made us in your image.
Who while we were yet sinners sent Jesus Christ to live amongst us
And die on the cross to free us from sin and death
Who when Jesus rose and ascended to heaven sent your spirit to be our councillor and comforter
We proclaim your faithfulness
And thank you for your steadfast love

Faithful God
We look back remember and thank you for all you’ve done in the past
You knitted us together in our mother s womb
You have guided our steps all our lives
Always calling us to come and follow Jesus
You have meet with us and saved us
You walk through the sunny days and deep dark shadows that make up our lives
You empower us to live love and witness to you
We thank you for the people who have inspired us and helped us grow in you
We thank you for the people you have lead us to serve and love

Living God
We thank you for your presence and work in our lives today
It’s not just in the past
Today we are made new because of what you have done for us
Today you are teaching and leading us
You are calling us to be closer and closer to you
You are calling us to maturity in Christ Jesus
You strengthen us and encourage us
You invite us to care and witness to you

God who is alpha and omega, beginning and end
You have our future in your hands
Our tomorrow with all its potential
Our next step our next sunrise and sunset
You will lead us all our days
As you work your plans out in our lives
As you call us to continue to grow and to serve
You have our eternity in your hands
That we will dwell in the house of the Lord forever

You have been faithful in the past and you are faithful today
And you never change so we trust you with our future

Forgive us for our sins,
Fill us afresh with your spirit
Equip us to serve you faithfully into the future
To witness to the gospel of God
To the glory of our eternal God, father son and spirit

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