Friday, 27 January 2012

prayer & paradox

Perfect God,
"Not that I loved you, but that You loved me."
These words of Your's continually cause hope to swell up in my heart,
to overflow out of my life into others.
Your love is so undeserved, yet unreserved.

Lord, help me to always love others like You have loved me.
Graciously. Generously. Gladly.

This is Your intended way -
that You bless us so that we can bless others;
that it is more blessed to give than to receive;
that in service, we are most free;
that in surrender, we are most secure;
that in the losing, is the finding of life;
that being rich in mercy is true treasure;
that helplessness precedes hopefulness;
that humility ushers in victory;
that grace generates good works;
that Your beauty shines through the broken;
that You oppose the proud,
but give grace to the humble.

Help me walk in Your wonderful, full-of-wonder way,
because You are worthy.

All this - from You, by You, for You.

In Jesus' name,
let it be.