“New every morning are your mercies, great God of light, and all day long You are working for good in the world…”
For a number of years these words have been a daily source of light and life for me. Often, in the quiet of our sunroom, as the dawn’s light slowly rises. These words often frame the new day for me. They are not my creation, but a gift; words I cherish, and a reminder that God’s good will and intentions are as real as the sun’s rays, only longer-lasting… In a world where pandemics rage like wild fires, and fears fan the flames of division, there is a bedrock truth to stand on – God is working for good in the world… We need prayers which remind us of God’s character and nature, which remind us to be awake and attentive to the good which God is already and always bringing to light.
Author, Anne Lamott describes it this way, “Amazing things appear in our lives, almost out of nowhere – landscapes, seascapes, forgiveness – and they keep happening; so many vistas and so much healing to give thanks for. Even when we don’t cooperate, blessings return to our lives, even in the aftermath of tragedy. Things get a little better when we ask for help. People help us. Most astonishing of all, people forgive us, and we eventually forgive them. Talk about miracles. The kids turn out to be okay after all. The widow finally gets back on her feet. If you’re like me, you ask (God) for help, and then cause further need for help by procrastinating, or refusing to cooperate with simple instructions that follow sincere petition. And yet even so, grace, progress, blessings continue to be given to you, because God gives.”
Oh, I confess there are days when I can feel as tossed about as a cork in a hurricane, but the good news is: God is still working for good in the world. I’m as prone to self-doubt as anyone, but God is still working for good in the world. When governments are in crisis, and injustice always seems intent to have the last word… it doesn’t… because in the midst of our doubts, and crises, and mounting injustice… God is working for good in the world.
Someone has said that the call of the followers of Jesus is not to raise our voices in despair, or our hands in the air, crying: “What is the world coming to?” Our call is to declare with confidence Who has come into the world.” Jesus said it this way. “The Father is with me. I’ve told you all this so that trusting me, you will be unshakable and assured, deeply at peace. In this godless world you will continue to experience difficulties. But take heart! I’ve conquered the world.” John 16:32-33 Message
“Take heart,” Jesus says. “Be unshakable and assured,” he reminds us, and “deeply at peace.” These are more than a pep talk at halftime, or the power of positive thinking. These are a call from Jesus to his followers; a call to join him in fulfilling what this kind of trust brings to the world. This daily prayer is big enough to invite us to participate, to join with Jesus in its fulfillment.
New every morning is your love, great God of light, and all day long you are working or good in the world. Stir up in us desire to serve you, to live peacefully with our neighbors, and to devote each day to your Son, Our Savior, Jesus Christ the Lord. Amen. (So be it.)
Still In ONE Peace,
Jon (the Methodist)
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