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Reflections from our District Executive

By Dave Shetler |  September 14, 2015

Prayer for One Voice

O God of all, we rest in the knowledge that wherever we are, there shall you be also. Whether we reside in the palace of a king or the house of a carpenter; the mansion of a president or the dwelling of a tenant: ours is your dwelling-place. Whether we labor in the seat of a government or the assembly line of a factory; in the classroom of a school or the ward of a hospital: ours is your workplace. And even if our home be the street, and the door of the workplace be barred, ours is your resting place.

You are with us always, for yours is a loyalty that surpasses the greatest love we have ever known. It is a loyalty that persists through all terrors; survives, despite all betrayals; and endures, for all generations. Greater love has no one than this: you have laid down your love for the life of the world.

Let this loyalty of yours — so unknown, so strange — arouse in us a commitment to envision more, to do more, to be more. And not "more" only, but more for you. Give us the courage to surrender to you our weakness, that you might make it our strength. Grant us the humility to yield to you our power, that you might fill it with grace. And endow us with the confidence to submit to you our will, that you might adapt it to your purpose.

Our commitment to you shall render us unknown, shall make us strangers among many who once knew us. They will remember us in old roles, with old habits and haunts. The more we envision the kingdom, the more they will call us back to the "real" world. The more we do the work of the kingdom, the more their eyebrows will wrinkle. The more we are the kingdom, the more they will long for the persons we once were.

O God of all, we rest in the knowledge that wherever we are, there shall you be also. But that place where we dwell together — the kingdom of heaven on earth — is not an easy place in which to dwell. Help us to understand that our identity and mission must not depend on the acceptance of those who do not understand; that its success or failure must never be measured in human terms. In the name of Jesus, Amen.

--Adapted from the Homiletics website. 

 Blessings for the journey!

Dave Shetler

District Executive

Southern Ohio District Church of the Brethren