Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Draw our hearts

Almighty and eternal God, 
so draw our hearts to you, 
so guide our minds, 
so fill our imaginations, 
so control our wills, 
that we may be wholly yours...

We do not have to do it alone.  We can ask God to help us to dedicated ourselves to doing the work that we were meant to do, the work that we were created to do, the mission that was grafted into our hearts from our very beginnings.  We do not have to do it alone.  These are, perhaps, radical words in an era dominated by a focus on the individual.  We do not have to do it alone, and God is there, drawing our hearts, guiding our minds, filling our imaginations, and controlling our wills.  We are tied up with God and with the entire creation, and turning to God may be the first step in acknowledging that help is there for us, and that God yearns for us to become what we were meant to become.  Do you sense that you are living the life that you were meant to live?  Do you sense that you can go deeper and live a life richer and more abundant?  God is drawing us into this reality.  Perhaps our first step is to merely ask for help, and to acknowledge that we need it.  Draw yourself into God's embrace, where we all will be made new.

~The Rev. Peter M. Carey


A Prayer of Self-Dedication 
 
Almighty and eternal God, so draw our hearts to you, so guide our minds, so fill our imaginations, so control our wills, that we may be wholly yours, utterly dedicated unto you; and then use us, we pray you, as you will, and always to your glory and the welfare of your people; through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

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