New every morning is your love, great God of light,
and all day long you are working for good in the world.
Stir up in us a 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.
I am not a morning person. I married a quasi-morning person, but I am not a morning person. It takes a special level of interest or an extreme feeling of obligation to get me moving much before 8:00 AM. In college, however, every Lent I would make a commitment to rise early and walk down to the chapel to join in morning prayers. I can't say that I loved having my eyes open before the sun was properly up, but I showed up and together we would pray the prayer above, read scripture and sit in the presence of God.
In the years since college, I find myself frequently praying these words in the morning. And what's more, I have found myself seeking to shape my faith life around this prayer by remembering God's new love every morning, but looking for good in the world and by seeking to serve God and neighbor each day. If I am honest, some days this prayer feels easier than others. Other days, living peacefully with neighbor seems like a far stretch, especially when I find that my perspective and my neighbor's are different. Then there are days when I am not entirely sure I have time to do one more thing, even if that thing is in devotion and service to God. Perhaps the difficult days are the reasons I need to come back to this prayer so often. There is something to be said for just showing up and being open to God at the beginning of each day.
This week, Grace UMC has a unique opportunity to come together in fellowship. On
Friday, March 17th at 6:00 PM, we will host a meal for the Coalition of Immakolee Workers
(CIW). Through the generosity of a Grace member, preparation of our meal has been taken care of. All we are asking is for members to come, break bread with our guests, and be open to God's presence in our fellowship. If you have been looking for a new way to deepen your faith in this season of Lent, but do not know quite where to start, I hope you will accept this invitation to simply show up and be open to God.
The Vision at Grace
our surrounding community, spiritually and physically, while
outward with God's love and intentionally
all in the name of Christ.