EChurch@Wartburg – 1.30.20: Wade Burleson: Without Love I Am Nothing

Wade is retiring in one year. I will be posting about this shortly.

A Prayer of Augustine, 354 – 430  link

Look upon us, O Lord,
and let all the darkness of our souls
vanish before the beams of thy brightness.
Fill us with holy love,
and open to us the treasures of thy wisdom.
All our desire is known unto thee,
therefore perfect what thou hast begun,
and what thy Spirit has awakened us to ask in prayer.
We seek thy face,
turn thy face unto us and show us thy glory.
Then shall our longing be satisfied,

The Prayer of Saint Francis

(an anonymous prayer often wrongly attributed to St Francis of Assisi link)

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me bring love.
Where there is offence, let me bring pardon.
Where there is discord, let me bring union.
Where there is error, let me bring truth.
Where there is doubt, let me bring faith.
Where there is despair, let me bring hope.
Where there is darkness, let me bring your light.
Where there is sadness, let me bring joy.
O Master, let me not seek as much
to be consoled as to console,
to be understood as to understand,
to be loved as to love,
for it is in giving that one receives,
it is in self-forgetting that one finds,
it is in pardoning that one is pardoned,
it is in dying that one is raised to eternal life.

A prayer for the poor and neglected: Book of Common Prayer 

Almighty and most merciful God,
we remember before you all poor and neglected persons
whom it would be easy for us to forget:
the homeless and the destitute, the old and the sick,
and all who have none to care for them.
Help us to heal those who are broken in body or spirit,
and to turn their sorrow into joy.
Grant this, Father, for the love of your Son,
who for our sake became poor,
Jesus Christ our Lord.

I Corinthians 13:2 NIV

If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge,
and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.

A beautiful and traditional Gaelic blessing link

May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face;
the rains fall soft upon your fields
and until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of His hand.


EChurch@Wartburg – 1.30.20: Wade Burleson: Without Love I Am Nothing — 3 Comments

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    Love does not boast (by brandishing non-core information) about snazzy schemes to make us feel, by proxy, just a little of their importance. It doesn’t burden our consciences.

    Well I don’t envy them and I shall cease to regard it as a provocation. The world always was organised along those lines. I am glad of God’s love to me in making me sane.

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    the prayers… a veritable feast of the communion of saints and ages. amen!