We hear your invitation, and heed, O Lord, your call; your word of consolation is spoken here to all.
It draws us to your loving heart; it brings us to your blessing, which never will depart.
from “Around You, O Lord Jesus” by F. M. Franzén (1772-1847)
Listen and come to me; listen, and you will live. I will make an everlasting covenant with you, my faithful loyalty to David. Look, I made him a witness to the peoples, a prince and commander of peoples. Look, you will call a nation you don’t know, a nation you don’t know will run to you because of the Lord your God, the holy one of Israel, who has glorified you.
Accepting the invitation to God’s feast requires us to move towards God. In doing so, we also move away from something or someone else. God wants the best for us, as God’s children, and will not hesitate to encourage us into healthier ways of being and relating to one another.
Responding to such great blessings may also require some work from us, because God has an order to this wonder-filled creation. This is not the kind of work that would harm us in any way. It is, however, almost sure to be harder than we would like it to be!
Nevertheless, we can rejoice in responding to the Lord's invitation, because there are infinitely more blessings within the work God puts before us than in the path behind us. Praying for God’s help along the way will allow us to find the gifts within us to work toward God’s will for the world.
Most Holy God, thank you for your blessings! Grant me the patience I need so that I may complete the work you bless me with. Help me so that everything I do is always to your glory and not my own. Amen.
Let gratitude be the pillow
Upon which you kneel to
Say your nightly prayer
And let faith be the bridge
You build to overcome evil
And welcome good
Maya Angelou in Celebrations: Rituals of Peace and Prayer (2006)