For readers of this blog: Specifically, in what ways are you giving glory to God? I have been thinking about this question. Have I been using what God has entrusted my care? These are questions I have been contemplating after reading what has become my “favorite quote for the week”. Written by N.T. Wright, Surprised by Scripture, and found on FB on April 30th:
“Glory is not simply a kind of luminescence, as though the point of salvation were that we would eventually shine like electric lightbulbs. Glory means, among other things, rule and power and authority; as other writers (notably Saint John the Divine) make clear, part of the point of God’s saving his people is that they are destined not merely to enjoy a relaxing endless vacation in a place called heaven, but that they are designed to be God’s stewards, ruling over the whole creation with healing and restorative justice and love.”

Open my eyes, that I may see
glimpses of truth thou hast for me:
placed in my hands the wonderful key
that shall unclasp and set me free.

Silently now I wait for thee,
ready, my God, thy will to see.
Open my eyes, illumine me,
Spirit divine!” Clara H. Scott 1895

Words I picked up inh my personal devotions after reading WEAVINGS journal (May/June/July 2014).   Helpful in preparing for the day/week ahead!  “Spirit divine!  Illumine me!”

St. Patrick’s Benediction (St. Patrick’s Breastplate)
Bishop of Armagh (d. 461)

St. Patrick’s Benediction (St. Patrick’s Breastplate)

Bishop of Armagh (d. 461)

 

May the strength of God guide me this day,

and may his power preserve me.

 

May the wisdom of God instruct me;

the eye of God watch over me;

the ear of God hear me;

the word of God give sweetness to my speech;

the hand of God defend me;

and may I follow the way of God.

 

Christ be with me, Christ before me.

Christ be after me, Christ within me,

Christ beneath me, Christ above me.

 

Christ at my right hand, Christ at my left,

Christ in the fort, Christ in the chariot,

Christ in the ship,

Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me,

Christ in every eye that sees me.

 

Christ in every ear that hears me.

We thank you, God, for this time of change, challenge, struggle, learning, witness, and action for and with our children. Thou counseled us to “take care that we not despair” and that it is not the will of our Father in Heaven that even “one of these little ones be lost.”

Help us, God, to overcome our selfishness and greed, our political and personal jockeying, our individual and organizational agendas, our need to be first, right, and recognized, and to become humble like the child whom Christ said I the “greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven.”

Guide My Feet, Marian Wright Edelman (120)

A prayer for the Board of Education, Saginaw Schools, as they make decisions to save the school system over 6 million dollars.  On the table is a decision to consider closing Saginaw High School.