Can we say I was there?
Today has been a day of death with multiple visits to plan funerals, comfort the bereaved and to make real the desire that the last opportunity for someone to be in the same physical place (until the Lord's return) is as good as can possibly be.
Our days are numbered and the journey through life is marked with many triumphs and tinged with the sadness of separation and acts of selfishness. But I am called to bring the light of Christ into the world and the lives of those I meet.
A church member once said of a cleric I knew, "The man could bring joy to a gathering by leaving the room! May I never become such a curse :-(. May I be an influence for good and make the party no worse even if I cannot make it any better.
Lord for those who have wished me harm - I pray that your light and peace might touch them and that you would lead them into places where their hearts are made whole and their lives know the joy of your presence.
For those who stand with me as family, I can but give you thanks. For it is never right for us to walk alone.
For those who seek to serve you, may I be the means by which this is made real.
For those whose bodies and minds are broken - bring your healing and wholeness.
I thank you for the opportunities ministry brings and the joy of Communion with you. For the new clergy who have come to our patch, may they be blessed and be a blessing. For those who have been here for so long, may they not grow stale but rejoice at the opportunities we share and all that is before them. For the people of God in this place - may they be one, active in their love, faithful in their lives.
What a great day - let's do this again tomorrow.
You play the tune and I'll dance.
You show me your face and I will be healed.