Lord, enlighten what is dark in me,
Strengthen what is weak in me,
Mend what is broken in me,
Bind what is bruised in me,
Heal what is sick in me,
And lastly, revive whatever peace and love has died in me.
Today I came upon this wonderful prayer about re-creation. It reminded me that our life of faith is never over, that we continue to strive throughout life to become the persons we are meant to be.
Based on this important lesson, I have recognized a grave mistake I have made in the past few months. Because my ministry position ended, I basically packed it in, deciding by my actions that my ministry was over and my call from God was finished.
Feeling all washed up, I struggled to find spiritual meaning in my life. I acted as if God was done struggling with me and in me.
Nothing could be further from the truth. My illness has brought me to a quiet time of life, the kind of quietness I have never known before. But this quiet period of my life is just the right time to experience a closer relationship with the God who continuously re-creates me.
And so this prayer becomes the prayer of my heart. I greet, with great anticipation, this quiet, peaceful and life-changing time of re-creation.