Friday, December 25, 2009

May we not so much seek...

My friend Cindy e-mailed this prayer out on Christmas day. The last part is an especially convicting challenge. May it be so of all of us!
O God, who makes us glad by the yearly remembrance of the birth of your only
Son Jesus Christ: Grant that as we joyfully receive him for our Redeemer, so
we may with sure confidence behold him when he shall come to be our Judge;
who lives and reigns with thee and the Holy Ghost, one God, world without
end. Lord, make us instruments of thy peace. Where there is hatred, let us
sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is discord, union;
where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is
darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy. Grant that we may not so much
seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be
loved as to love. For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning
that we are pardoned; and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

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