Thursday, March 30, 2006

the swift and varied changes of the world

Almighty God, you alone can bring into order the unruly wills and affections of sinners: Grant your people grace to love what you command and desire what you promise; that, among the swift and varied changes of the world, our hearts may surely there be fixed where true joys are to be found; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

So doing the noonday Eucharist today I thought this Collect for Lent V might just be one that would be worth adopting as a pre-Convention prayer mantra ... remembering
  • that in spite of all our whereases and therefores it is God who brings order out of chaos,
  • that to love what God commands and desire what God promises keeps our eyes on the prize and our anxiety at bay
  • EVEN while the swift and varied changes of the General Convention "buzz" tempts us to lose heart, faith and resolve.


Laine said...

Rev. Russell, thank you for the work you are doing, and for the encouragement in this post. I needed to hear this.

I've been doing some extensive reading on the GC06 in the anglican blogosphere...and, quite frankly, I'm terrified. I feel as if I am standing on the precipice of dis-fellowship yet again. What will happen to those young people, like me, who want to serve Christ and the body of believers if this church (that we love)turns their back on us?

I admit it, I am beginning to lose heart. I am supremely glad that God is the 'Father of the Fatherless;' however, I need the church - and I hope that all Christians can hear that. I am not out to 'change' the church - I am out to participate and partake with it. I need the body of believers - and, I need them to be in communion with one another.

May God fill us all with a peace that passes understanding, that we may truly "see" each other and know that we are all truly loved by our Father - especially when we disagree.

Catherine said...

Rev Susan, I also thank you for the work you are doing and what you are trying to accomplish: equity within the Church. I have not lost heart but I can see how the blindness of some can definitely affect us all. It is my hope that those who would keep us from Claiming the Blessing would at least look at the words of the Constitution and take to their intellect and heart that we all have equal protection and have the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Perhaps more importantly, they should review the two great commandments: Love God with all our being and love our neighbors as ourselves...and I don't see the word "straight" in there anywhere.