Monday Message 4/6/20

Here is a devotion from the pen of Henry Nowen; Roman Catholic priest, theologian, writer, lover and servant of those who are treated most harshly in life, and who yet throughout his own life struggled with who he was. “I am the Lord, I have called you in righteousness, I have taken you by the hand and kept you; I have given you as a covenant to the people, a light to the nations.” Isaiah 42:6

When all is said and done, what we must learn above all is to offer ourselves – imperfections and all – to God. If we keep waiting until we are ‘worthy’ of God, we will move farther rather than closer to him. It is through our broken, vulnerable, mortal ways of being that the healing power of the eternal God becomes visible to us. We are called each day to present to the Lord the whole of our lives – our joys as well as our sorrows, our successes as well as failures, our hopes as well as our fears. We are called to do so with limited means, our stuttering words and halting expressions. In this way we will come to know in mind and heart the unceasing prayer of God’s Spirit in us. Our many prayers are in fact confessions of our inability to pray. But they are confessions that enable us to perceive the merciful presence of God.

I pray that today will be a day on which you are ready and able to present yourself to the Lord in all that you are. Bring your fears, your hopes together with your thanks and praise and step into the presence of God who promises to make this day a day of His blessing.